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Pau Gasol looks like old self, as Spain whips Brazil

Pau Gasol caused the Brazil’s interior defense also sorts of trouble and it proved costly for the South Americans who conceded an 82-63 defeat to Spain on Sept. 1.

In his most impressive game of the tournament, Gasol had 26 points, 9 rebounds and three blocked shots in 29 minutes. He was 11-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-5 from beyond the arc despite going against fellow NBA players Tiago Splitter, Nene and Anderson Varejao.

Spain also received 12 points from Sergio Rodriguez scored 12 and 10 from Juan Carlos Navarro. Serge Ibaka and Marc Gasol combined for just 13 points but anchored Spain’s defense, holding Brazil to 41 percent shooting.

Leandro Barbosa led Brazil with 11 points while Varejao added 10 points for the Brazilians,

"It was the first opponent that we could measure our potential in the tournament. I am really pleased with the team game," Gasol said.

With the win, Spain (3-0) booked their place in the Round of 16, while Brazil (2-1), France (2-1) and Serbia (2-1) are still battling to join them. Four teams from each group advances. France routed Egypt (0-3), 94-55, while Serbia defeated Iran 83-70 yesterday.

Gasol has been the most dominant player in the World Cup, leading the tournament in scoring with 23.7 points per game in only 25.7 minutes. He is also 5th in blocked shots (2.3 per game), 3rd in efficiency, 7th in field goal percentage (65.1%) and 18th in rebounding (6.5 per game).

Spain faces France on Sept. 3, and Serbia battles Brazil.