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2018 Asian games: Iran wins silver in basketball

Silver medallists Iran attend the victory ceremony for the men's basketball competition at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. (AFP)

In basketball, Iran had to be content with a silver medal, after losing against China in the final. 

China (red) and Iran's players compete for the ball during the men's gold medal basketball match between Iran and China at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on September 1, 2018. (AFP)

Iran started the game as the better side, and quickly opened and 8-point lead in the 1st quarter. They kept the momentum in the 2nd, and a slam dunk by Hamed Haddadi, sent Iran, 16 points ahead of their opponents.

However, China staged a fightback and cut Iran’s lead to 4 points at the interval. In the 2nd half, it was China that took control of the match, and took the lead midway through the 3rd quarter.

From then-on, the Chinese maintained their lead and finished the game with an 84-72 victory, to claim yet another gold medal.

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