The 2014 FIBA World Cup has lived up to the lofty expectations thus far, and Day 6 of the tournament features 12 games on the final day of the group stage.
Teams will be fighting with everything they have left as they attempt to make the elimination round, but only the top four nations in each group advance.
While powerhouses like the United States, Brazil and Spain have already cemented their place in the next round, there will be several battles for the remaining spots in each group.
Here are the updated group standings, latest scores and highlights from Day 6.
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Day 6 Scores
Angola 91, Australia 83
Philippines 81, Senegal 79 (OT)
New Zealand 67, Finland 65
Brazil 128, Egypt 65
Mexico 87, Korea 71
USA 95, Ukraine 71
France 81, Iran 76
Croatia 103, Puerto Rico 82
Lithuania 67, Slovenia 64
Turkey 77, Dominican Republic 64
Greece 79, Argentina 71
Spain 89, Serbia 73
Day 6 Results and Highlights
The final day of group play started fast on Thursday. Angola needed a victory in the first game against Australia to stay in contention in Group D. Despite the immense pressure, the Angolans pulled off the win, 91-83, over the Australians.
The biggest star of the game was Yanick Moreira of Angola. The talented player brought his best in the must-win situation, racking up 38 points and 15 rebounds in 32 minutes. While Moreira's performance is unquestionable, ESPN's Fran Fraschilla deciphered Team Australia's intentions:
The thrilling action picked up in the second game of the day as well. The Philippines held on for a tough overtime victory against Senegal, 81-79. The two nations went toe-to-toe for most of the game, but it was the Philippines who had enough firepower to earn the victory.
Led by the all-around play from Andray Blatche (18 points and 14 rebounds), the Philippines was able to hold on to the win despite the effort from Mouhammad Faye (20 points and five rebounds) of Senegal. While the Philippines victory means nothing since it is already eliminated, this was a devastating loss for Senegal.
Mark Jones of ESPN talked about the win for the Philippines:
Team USA was in action Thursday against Ukraine. The Americans did not have their best performance, but they did manage to earn a 95-71 against the overmatched Ukrainians. James Harden led Team USA with 17 points, but it was Kyrie Irving’s play at point guard that led the team to victory.
The Americans will play Mexico on Saturday in the first elimination-round game.
Thursday's later games featured a pivotal matchup of Group D powerhouses Lithuania and Slovenia. As expected, this one came down to the wire. But surprisingly enough, Slovenia's dismal two-point performance in the fourth-quarter was the reason for the team suffering its first loss of the tournament.
Take a look at the halftime deficit Lithuania overcame to notch a win on Thursday:
With Lithuania's impressive victory, it finishes atop the group. This puts the team in great position heading into the elimination rounds. Slovenia will continue in the tournament despite taking a loss; however, it will need to regain its momentum quickly, as it will face the United States sooner than it would have preferred.
Turkey notched its third win of the tournament on Thursday against the Dominican Republic. The win secured the team's second-place standing in Group C behind the Americans. Oguz Savas was on point for the Turkish team, accumulating 15 points, six rebounds, three assists and two steals. Turkey will face Australia in its first elimination contest.
FIBA tweeted the game's final score:
The Dominican Republic still advances despite the loss. Francisco Garcia and Co. move on to face Slovenia on Saturday. After watching Slovenia's struggles on Thursday, this team should be seeking an upset.
Greece completed its sweep of Group B on Thursday, defeating a strong Argentinian team by a score of 79-71. The victory puts Greece in great position heading into the elimination rounds, as the team is set to take on Serbia.
Argentina falls to third in Group B following its loss, forcing the team to face Brazil in the first elimination round. This should come as quite a contest considering Brazil's only loss in the group stage came against world No. 2 Spain.
Spain continued to roll through the group stage on Thursday, easily defeating Serbia and cruising to a 5-0 record. Pau Gasol and Co. now moves on to face Senegal in the first elimination round. Senegal finished fourth in Group B with a 2-3 record and should provide little challenge to a very talented Spanish team.
Serbia barely squeezes into elimination play following its third loss of the tournament. The team's 2-3 record is good enough for fourth in Group A and a matchup against Greece on Sunday.
*Stats via FIBA.com.