Brazil beat Spain 88-82 to finish pool play with a 4-1 record and capture the 2-seed in Pool B. Spain loses their second straight game after also losing to Russia in their last game and finishes as the 3-seed from Pool B.
It was very clear no one really wanted to win this game. The loser would avoid the United States and Argentina until a potential gold medal game.
Spain led 66-57 after three quarters and then was outscored 31-16 in the fourth. Pau Gasol played just 24 minutes and had 25 points on 9-of-11 shooting. Marc Gasol played 25 minutes and had 20 points on 7-of-10 shooting.
Rudy Fernandez only played 15 minutes and missed his only shot of the game and Jose Calderon played only 14 minutes.
On Brazil’s side, Nene did not play but the rest of their NBA players played close to normal minutes.
Leandro Barbosa led Brazil with 23 points in the game and went 2-of-2 from three. Brazil was 8-for-17 on threes in the game and Spain struggled again going just 4-for-13 from beyond the arc.
Serge Ibaka came off the bench for Spain and played 21 minutes, scoring 14 points to go with six rebounds and three blocks.
The matchups for the medal round are basically set now unless Argentina blows out Team USA by 35-plus points. Spain will be the 3-seed playing France in the quarterfinal. Brazil will be the 2-seed and play Argentina on the other side of the bracket.
Team USA will play 4-seed Australia and 1-seed Russia will play Lithuania.