Argentina's grand old man Luis Scola knocked down a series of key buckets in a fourth quarter run Tuesday to crush Serbian hopes and propel the South Americans into the semi-finals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
It is one of Europe's poorest countries and has a population of just seven million, but Serbia's towering basketball team are on course to be world champions.
Red-hot Serbia showed they -- not reigning two-time champions the United States -- are the team to beat at the Basketball World Cup with a 92-77 victory over Italy on Wednesday to top their group.
Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year Ben Simmons and current candidate Luka Doncic are among the young talents named Tuesday to play the All-Star weekend Rising Stars challenge.
James Harden delivered a message to his detractors on Thursday, finishing with 45 points as the Houston Rockets recorded their eighth win in nine games with a 127-113 victory over the Boston Celtics.
Australia's Ben Simmons won the battle of the triple doubles with LeBron James as the Philadelphia 76ers rolled to their 13th consecutive victory with a 132-130 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Philadelphia 76ers duo Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid were named Wednesday for the NBA's Rising Stars game, part of All-Star weekend next month.