Spain's Pau Ribas (C) passes the ball as Serbia's Stefan Jovic (L) watches during the Basketball World Cup Group J second round game between Spain and Serbia in Wuhan on September 8, 2019. / AFP / HECTOR RETAMAL
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All-Star Nikola Jokic was ejected for "a stupid reaction" in the third quarter as strongly fancied Serbia were stunned 81-69 by Spain to blow the basketball World Cup wide open Sunday. Led by Ricky Rubio of the Phoenix Suns, Spain set up a quarterfinal meet with surprise packages Poland Tuesday while Serbia will need to pick themselves up quickly for Argentina the same evening.Coach Sasha Djordjevic said Spain were the better team and refused to use the loss of Jokic -- turfed out after yelling at a referee -- as an excuse.Bogdan Bogdanovic of the Sacramento Kings was again key for Serbia, keeping them within range of Spain with 26 points, 10 rebounds and six assists.
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