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Batum steps up for crowning moment

Originally Published: September 22, 2013
By Mark Woods | Special to ESPN.com

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia -– They came in waves. Mantas Kalnietis, Renaldas Seibutis, even Linas Kleiza. Just as Tony Parker had expected. Just as everyone watching back in France had anticipated from Lithuania with the EuroBasket title on the line.

The San Antonio Spurs guard, already feeling fatigue in every muscle, had prepared his teammates for this, right from when they went into the locker room some 46 hours earlier following an exhausting overtime win over Spain in the semifinal.

He ...

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