Reaction: Dillon Brooks gets ‘MVP’ chants as Canada upsets Team USA, earns FIBA World Cup medal

The stakes of Sunday’s third-place game at the 2023 FIBA World Cup between Canada and the United States were well below the championship final that both NBA-laden rosters had expected.

Yet, for Houston Rockets forward Dillon Brooks — who has had a strong World Cup run with his native Canada — it did present an opportunity to defend and attack some very talented opponents.

In a matchup with Team USA stalwarts, including Minnesota’s Anthony Edwards and Brooklyn’s Mikal Bridges, Brooks was the star of the show. In leading Canada to the 127-118 win (box score) and a third-place finish, Brooks finished with a game-high 39 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds, and 2 blocks. He shot 12-of-18 overall (66.7% FG), 7-of-8 on 3-pointers (87.5%), and 8-of-10 on free throws (80%).

The astonishing performance by Brooks even elicited some “MVP” chants from fans in Manila, and it resulted in Canada receiving the bronze medal — its first medal in FIBA World Cup history.

Read on for highlights, interviews, postgame analysis, and immediate reaction from social media. As for Brooks, up next is the start of 2023-24 training camp with the Rockets in early October.

Dillon Brooks, Canada vs. USA

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Story originally appeared on Rockets Wire