Greek fans celebrate during yesterday’s Eurobasket 2005 final against Germany, in Belgrade. Greece led for the last 36 minutes to easily defeat Germany, 78-62, and win its second European Championship and first since 1987, when it had won at home. Led by guards Theodoros Papaloucas (22 points) and Nikos Zissis (13), Greece never let Germany threaten in the second half and effectively neutralized Germany’s superstar, Dirk Nowitzki, who did manage to score 23 points before being pulled out of the game with just over three minutes to go. More than 5,000 Greek fans were in the 20,000-seat arena to cheer their team on. Papaloucas was voted the match’s MVP.