Phoenix Suns’ Ricky Rubio sets FIBA World Cup all-time assists record
Phoenix Suns point guard Ricky Rubio set the FIBA World Cup all-time assists record in Shanghai on Tuesday.
The Spaniard came into the quarterfinal matchup against Poland tied with Argentina’s Pablo Prigioni for the all-time lead at 124.
Rubio notched record-setting assist No. 125 early in the second quarter on his way to a 19-point, nine-assist performance in the 90-78 win.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old went 3-for-4 from three, bringing his team-leading three-point shooting percentage for the tournament up to 47.6% (10-of-21).
Rubio is also leading the team in points (15.3) and assists (5.5) per game in route to a perfect 6-0 record in the 2019 FIFA World Cup.
Spain now advances to the semifinals against the winner of Wednesday’s Czech Republic-Australia quarterfinal, the latter of which will include Suns center Aron Baynes.
Baynes is averaging the second-most points per game on the team (14.8), shooting 60.4% from the field and 53.3% from downtown (8-of-15) over the course of the Aussies’ 5-0 run in the tournament.
Should Australia beat the Czech Republic, the two Suns will face each other in the semifinals on Friday.
The United States sits on the other side of the bracket and take on France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, with the winner facing Argentina in the semifinals on Friday.