After a tough first game back from his finger injury in Spain’s opening loss to Serbia, Pau Gasol was back to his dominant self in a 27-point, 11-rebound performance that led Spain to a 84-76 victory over Great Britain as the Spaniards avoided elimination from EuroBasket 2009.
Eurobasket.org described what ended up being a surprisingly close game:
Great Britain used a 12-0 run in the first 3:28 of the fourth quarter to take their first lead, 68-66, on Mike Lenzly’s right corner three-pointer. They went up by as many as four, 73-69, when Jarrett Hart hit a long bomb of his own. Spain answered right back. Rudy Fernandez stepped into the passing lane for a steal and breakaway dunk before Pau Gasol hit a three-pointer from the top of the key with just over three minutes left to edge Spain back in front 74-73. Spain didn’t trail again after that as Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro sealed the game.
After scoring just nine points and missing all but 1-of-8 free throws in Spain’s Game 1 loss to Serbia, Gasol made 5-of-6 shots from the field, 2-of-2 from three and 11-of-18 free throws to lead the way.
That’s the Pau Lakers fans know.