Milos Teodosic saved the best for last in Berlin and propelled the still undefeated Serbia to a comfy 101-82 win over Italy on Thursday, which earns the Balkan side first place in EuroBasket 2015 Group B.
Turning Point: With 5:33 remaining to the third buzzer, Bogdan Bogdanovic received a masterful pass by Teodosic on the left wing and drilled a triple to cap off an 8-0 Serbian mini-run and make it 63-48. The gap never dropped to single digits again.
Stats Don't Lie: Every time a Serbian player made a cut to the basket at the back of the Italian defence he could count on receiving the ball from a team-mate, as Serbia put on yet one more collaborative display in Berlin and dished out 29 assists, shooting an excellent 68% from two-point range.
Game Hero: Teodosic knocked down 5 of his first 6 attempts from the floor in the opening quarter to collect 14 points before the first buzzer and impose Serbia's will right from the start. He finished with 26 points on 8-for-12 and added eight assists.
Bottom Line: Serbia will travel to Lille on a perfect 5-0 record and will face the fourth-placed team from Group A in the Round of 16. Italy, who rested Marco Belinelli on Thursday so that he can recover from an haematoma in the leg, finish at 3-2 and will take either second or third place in Group B, depending on the results of the remaining Thursday games in Berlin.