The @FIBA Basketball World Cup provides thrills on the court and on Twitter

Monday, 15 September 2014

As the world’s greatest basketball players congregated for the @FIBA 2014 Basketball World Cup, the #Spain2014 drama and big moments played out on the court, and on Twitter.

While the overwhelming favorite @USABasketball took home the gold in convincing fashion, a surprise contender in Serbia battled them in the championship after defeating France (@ffbasketball) in the semifinal.

The tournament on Twitter

Throughout #Spain2014, @FIBA brought you closer to world-class players from all of the teams through a Twitter Mirror and Vine Booth, including this Tweet from outside the @USAbasketball locker room featuring #Spain2014 MVP Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving):

Find more behind-the-scenes Tweets from throughout the tourney here:

@USABasketball players celebrated in Spain:

…and on Twitter:

Tweets were also displayed on giant screens inside the arenas in real time throughout #Spain2014:

The @FIBA Basketball World Cup provides thrills on the court and on Twitter

The @FIBA Basketball World Cup provides thrills on the court and on TwitterPhotos courtesy of Enrique Gutiérrez de Ravé Levy for Twitter, Inc.

Fans on-site were encouraged to take a photo outside the stadiums in Madrid and Barcelona with the giant #Spain2014 hashtag:

No matter where you were during the games, you could Tweet “scores” to @FIBA to get results of any live games in real time:

The results

Fans, athletes, teams, @FIBA and journalists generated significant conversation on Twitter during the tournament, as over 4.3 million Tweets were sent about #Spain2014.

Here are the moments that sparked the top Tweets per minute (TPM) peaks during live, televised #Spain2014 games:

  1. Emir Preldzic of Turkey (@TBForgtr) hits a three-point shot with five seconds left to beat Australia 65-64 in the Round of 16.
  2. Spain (@baloncestofeb) gets knocked out in the Quarterfinals by France (@ffbasketball).
  3. The United States (@USABasketball) defeat Serbia 129-92 in the Final to claim the FIBA World Cup Gold medal.

And these were the most-mentioned players during the tournament:

  1. Kyrie Irving, United States (@KyrieIrving)
  2. Pau Gasol, Spain (@paugasol)
  3. Nicolas Batum, France (@nicolas88batum)
  4. Miloš Teodosić, Serbia
  5. Derrick Rose, United States (@drose)

Twitter was your home for all of the #Spain2014 action. We look forward to more around-the-globe basketball coverage, starting with the @NBA, which tips-off competition in October.