Decade later, Lithuania eyes repeat

Originally Published: September 21, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -- Jonas Valanciunas watched the game unfold in his mother's living room, the 11-year-old's heart beating ever faster, his imagination running wild. Lithuania held a 14-point lead over Spain at the end of the third quarter in Stockholm in the EuroBasket final of 2003. It seemed so easy, so predictable.

Then Pau Gasol stepped up, on his way to scoring 36 points. Tensions rose.

"I remember how they came back," recounts Valanciunas, now a center for the Toronto ...

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