Danilo Gallinari exits the game injured as Italy edges out Georgia

2022-08-27 21:21

Danilo Gallinari went down with a knee injury in the fourth quarter, while Italy edged out Georgia 91-84 in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

Credit: FIBA

Italy went on a 9-2 run to finish the match and earned themselves a hard-fought victory against Georgia 91-84 (25-19, 18-19, 23-28, 25-18).

However, the hosts left the match with a casualty as Danilo Gallinari injured his knee in the beginning of the fourth quarter. The Boston Celtics forward was running to a fast break when he received the ball from Nicolo Mannion. After a few dribbles, Gallinari stumbled and grabbed his left knee.

The Italian forward did not return to the match.

Player of the Game
Simone  Fontecchio
EFF
25
Simone Fontecchio
Points 21
Accuracy 5-11
Rebounds 8
Assists 6

The teams were battling neck-and-neck the entire game. With the score tied at 72 with 5 minutes to go, Luigi Datome and Marco Spissu scored two three-pointers in a row (78-72). Although the hosts had a 6-point lead (82-76), Georgia battled back and evened the game after Thaddus McFadden scored a three-pointer (82-82).

However, the Italians then went on a 9-0 run, and the winner of the match was clear.

Simone Fontecchio led Italy with 21 points on 5-for-11 shooting, while also grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 6 assists for 26 PIR. The injured Gallinari was second in scoring with 17.

Georgia was led by Goga Bitadze who scored 19 points on 7-for-14 shooting and grabbed 13 rebounds for 22 PIR.

Italy: Simone Fontecchio 21 (1/4 2PT, 4/7 3PT, 7/9 FT, 8 REB, 6 AST, 26 PIR), Danilo Gallinari 17 (5/6 2PT, 4 REB), Marco Spissu 15 (4/6 3PT, 5 AST), Nicolo Melli 12 (8/10 FT).

Georgia: Goga Bitadze 19 (5/10 2PT, 2/4 3PT, 3/8 FT, 13 REB), Thaddus McFadden 16 (4/11 3PT), Giorgi Shermadini 12 (4/5 2PT), Duda Sanadze 11 (2/3 3PT).

Danillo Gallinari's injury:

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