2009 Denver Nugget second round draft pick Sergio Llull, one of seven players on the Spanish squad that has connections to the NBA, drilled five three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead Spain. Memphis’ Marc Gasol scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Portland Trailblazer Victor Claver added 16 points and six boards. Spain also received contributions from Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio (six points and six assists), Toronto Raptor Jose Calderon (eight points and two triples) as well as a couple of former NBA players Rudy Fernandez (eight points) and Sergio Rodriguez (two points).
Spain went on the offensive first as they used an 11-0 run to grab an early 14-4 lead. Croatia recovered swiftly as Bojan Bogdanovic scored nine points in quick succession using his expansive offensive repertoire and Damjan Rudez nailed a triple to bring the score to 17-16.
Llull however sunk two consecutive three-pointers from the left wing and Spain took a 23-18 lead after the first quarter.
Bogdanovic, who was nothing short of unstoppable in the first half as he scored 19 of his game-high 22 points, drilled two consecutive three-point shots from the wing, the second with 4:55 remaining in the half to put Croatia ahead 28-27.
Following a Spain timeout, Llull hit a three-pointer and then finished a fast-break with a lay-up, to give Spain a 32-28 lead with 4:16 left in the second quarter. Spain would lead the rest of the game.
Spain scored 13 points in transition, 17 points off Croatian turnovers and 17 second-chance points. Croatia got just 16 points across all these categories combined.