Score and results for Canada vs. Spain: Canadians advance to the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals and the Paris 2024 Olympics

On Sunday, Canada defeated Spain in a thrilling game to move to the quarterfinals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and secure a spot in the Paris 2024 Olympics. It was one of the biggest triumphs in the history of the men’s basketball program.

The Canadians, who were down by 12 points at the end of the third quarter, produced a ferocious comeback, outscoring Spain 27-12 in the fourth quarter to win 88-85.

With a game-high 30 points, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also had seven assists, four rebounds, and three steals. In spite of early foul trouble, Dillon Brooks managed to score 22 points on 8 of 12 field goal attempts.

For the first time since 1994, Canada will now advance to the FIBA World Cup quarterfinal round, and it will also take part in the Summer Olympics for the first time since 2000.

The Sporting News followed the live results and highlights of the Sunday match between Canada and Spain. Here, you can see all the action you could have missed.

Dates for the FIBA World Cup bracket, elimination stages, and title game

Scores for Canada vs. Spain:

Team 1Q, 2Q, 3Q, 4QLast

Canada 21 17 23 27 88

Spain 21 27 25 12 85

Live results, updates, and highlights for Canada vs. Spain

Final score at 11:30 a.m.: Canada 88, Spain 85. With a disputed 3-pointer, Santi Aldama reduces Canada’s advantage to one. Then Shai Gilgeous-Alexander makes a pair of free throws to bring the score back up to three. Alex Abrines attempts a buzzer-beater, but it fails miserably! Canada triumphs!

SHAI. GILGEOUS at 11:25 a.m. ALEXANDER. The pull-up jumper from the All-NBA guard gives Canada the lead.

11:20 a.m. — Dillon Brooks’ shot was incredible. To tie the game, he makes a crucial 3-pointer from the wing. With a minute left, Canada is up 80 points against Spain.
Nickeil Alexander-Walker sinks a 3-pointer from the corner at 11:15 a.m., cutting Spain’s advantage to four. With three minutes remaining, Spain leads Canada 78 to 74.

Canada reduces the gap to six points at 11:10 a.m., but it is missing several clear shots from beyond the arc. The Canadians must take advantage of these scoring opportunities.

Dillon Brooks looked to strike Santi Aldama in the face during a play that was being reviewed by the officials at 11:05 a.m., but it was only accidental contact. Fortunately for Canada, Brooks stays out of trouble once more.

Final score: Spain 73, Canada 61.

11 a.m. — With an alley-oop to close the third quarter, Spain increased its lead to 12.

After a swift 7-0 run, Spain is back in charge at 10:55 a.m. Santi Aldama has performed admirably for Spain over the past few months.

10:45 a.m. – Canada takes the lead after a 17-4 run. Canada’s defensive effort has increased in vigor. Spain is obviously unhappy with the officials.

10:40 a.m. — And Spain is currently experiencing bad problems. There is still a lot of time remaining in this game, so Alex Abrines (four fouls), Juancho Hernangomez (three), and Willy Hernangomez (three) need to be cautious.

The foul calls have changed to begin the second half at 10:35 a.m. In the first two minutes of the third quarter, Spain committed four fouls.

Spain 48, Canada 38 at halftime 10:15 a.m. — Willy Hernangomez is unanswered by Canada. In the first half, the big man scored 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He contributed three assists, five rebounds, and five steals as well.

RJ Barrett and Dillon Brooks both have three fouls as of 10:05. Jordi Fernandez instructs his team to not worry about the officials during a huddle. He encourages people to keep their attention on what they can influence.

10 a.m. — Dillon Brooks ties the score at 28 midway through the second quarter with a great drive and left-handed finish.

9:55 a.m. — So far, this game has been a defensive struggle. In the paint, there aren’t many straightforward opportunities.

RJ Barrett scores 11 of his team’s 21 points as Canada defeats Spain, 21–21, at the end of the first quarter at 9:50 a.m.

More foul problems for Canada at 9:45 a.m. Kelly Olynyk has two fouls now as a result of the illegal screen she placed.

9:40 a.m. — Early in the first quarter, Dillon Brooks commits his second foul. Luguentz Dort joins the rest of the starters as Brooks moves to the sidelines.

Spain scores on the game’s first possession at 9:30 a.m., but Dillon Brooks answers with a classic 3-point play.

9:25 a.m. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, RJ Barrett, Dillon Brooks, Kelly Olynyk, and Dwight Powell make up Canada coach Jordi Fernandez’s starting lineup.

Where to watch Spain vs. Canada

  • Date: September 3, Sunday
  • Time: 6:30 a.m. PT/6 a.m. ET 9:30 a.m.
  • Sportsnet on television

Courtside 1891 Canada vs. Spain will be broadcast live on Sportsnet in Canada. Alternatively, viewers can watch a replay of the game on Courtside 1891 or stream it on Sportsnet NOW.

Two subscriptions are available from Courtside 1891. With the free Courtside 1891 Plus subscription, you may view “extended highlights and a curated feed for your favorite teams and competition.” A premium subscription called Courtside 1891 Max enables you to view “live game streams and full game replays.”

A pass for the full 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup may be purchased for $9.99 if all you want to do is watch. A yearly pass costs $44.99. It includes entry to the 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup and other international competitions. To get a 10% discount, use the code TSN10WC.

Certain regions may be subject to geo-restrictions. To find out which games are accessible in your area, click here.

The 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup team from Canada

Athlete Height and Position

  • 6-10 Kyle AlexanderForward
  • Alexander-Walker, Nickeil6-5Guard
  • Barrett RJ 6-6Guard
  • T.R.A.E. BELL-HAYNES6-2Guard
  • 6-7 Dillon Brooks6-3 forward Luguentz DortGuard
  • 7–4 Zach Edey Center
  • 6-2 Melvin EjimForward
  • 6-2 Shai Gilgeous-AlexanderGuard
  • 7-0 Kelly Olynyk Center
  • Powell Dwight 6-9 Center
  • 6-4 Phil ScrubbGuard

Date, opponent, time (ET), and result of Team Canada’s 2023 FIBA Basketball World Cup games


  • August 25 vs. France (W, 95-65);
  • August 27 vs. Lebanon;
  • August 29 vs. Latvia;
  • and September 1 vs. Brazil (L, 69-65); and September 3 vs. Spain (W, 88-85).

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