Winning ugly works for the USA as it advances to gold medal game Sunday after beating Spain 82-76. USA faces Australia-Serbia winner.
DeAndre Jordan was a difference maker on both ends against Spain, and he is the best center for the USA at this moment.
Team USA holds Spain to 39% FG%, 31% 3FG% – ant that was 2nd consecutive game holding opponent under 40% from floor.
For the Spain, only Pau Gasol played well. He finishes the game with 23 points. Mirotic scored only 7 points and Rubio finished the game with 0 points and only 1 assist.
It was an interesting game, but the USA control from the first minute.
DeMarcus Cousins scored only 2 points, and so far he doesn’t have a good tournament. Pau Gasol destroyed him, and he was just 10 minutes on the floor.
Pau Gasol says in the mixed zone he felt this was Spain’s best chance to beat Team USA in the teams’ long-running international rivalry.
Everyone expected a better game, because the USA and Spain played in the last two finals, but 82 points were enough for the USA against Pau Gasol and Espana.