LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06: Marc Gasol (L) #13 and Pau Gasol #4 of Spain look on from the bench against Brazil during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 10 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 6, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)

Spain Rallies To Top Russia, Advance To Gold-Medal Game

Spain and Russia will meet for the second time in the Olympics, this time with a spot in the gold medal game on the line.

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London Olympics 2012, Spain Vs. Russia Final Score: Hot Shooting Propels Spain To Gold-Medal Game

After one half of play, it looked like Spain was dead in the water against Russia in the semifinals of the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament. Russia's defense was frustrating them, and they hit just six field goals in the first half. But all that changed in the second half, as they caught fire from three-point range to rally for a 67-59 win and a berth in the gold medal game.

Russia led by 11 at halftime, but Spain started to rally in the third quarter, outscoring Russia, 26-15, to pull even heading into the fourth. Russia held off their early surge, but Spain went into the lead with 7:21 remaining on a three-pointer by Jose Calderon. That proved to be the surge they needed, as they ended up going on a 14-1 run to take control of the game.

Pau Gasol was the catalyst for Spain, scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds while leading the comeback. Calderon had 14 points, including shooting 4-9 from downtown, and he was especially good in the second half. Sasha Kaun had 14 to lead Russia.

Spain now advances to the gold medal game on Sunday at 10 a.m. ET, when they could meet Team USA in a rematch of the Beijing gold medal game. Russia will square off against the loser of the Team USA-Argentina semifinal in the bronze medal game on Sunday.

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Olympic Basketball 2012 Score Update: Russia Leads, 31-20 At Halftime

With a spot in the gold-medal game at the 2012 Olympic basketball tournament on the line, Team Russia has played an inspired first half against Spain. Their defense has been all over the place, holding Spain to just six made field goals over the entire first half. That has keyed a 31-20 halftime lead for Russia.

David Blatt's team has been frustrating Spain's normally high-powered offense with pristine defensive rotations. Spain has hit just six of their 29 field goal attempts, and they've been visibly dismayed at their inability to create offense. Their three starting guards -- Jose Calderon, Juan Carlos Navarro and Rudy Fernandez -- are a combined 1-11 from the field. Pau Gasol has seven points to lead Spain, but nobody else has more than three.

Russia's offense hasn't been sharp either, but it's been much better than Spain's. Sergey Monia has nine points to lead the way, while center Sasha Kaun has eight points, outplaying counterpart Marc Gasol.

The winner plays the winner of Team USA vs. Argentina in the gold-medal game.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub. For more on Olympic basketball, follow the 2012 Olympic basketball section.

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