Spain returns to men’s basketball semis, pounds France 92-67

Spain returns to men's basketball semis, pounds France 92-67

Pau Gasol

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Spain is back in the semifinals of the men’s basketball tournament for the third straight time after pasting France 92-67 on Wednesday.

Nikola Mirotic scored 23 for the Spaniards, who won silver medals at Beijing in 2008 and London four years ago.

Spain was in danger of missing the quarterfinals after opening the Rio Games 0-2. But it recovered with three wins, including a 50-point rout of Lithuania and 19-point thumping of Argentina to advance.

Now the Spaniards not only have a shot at a medal, but maybe another crack at the U.S., which has beaten them in the gold-medal game in the past two Olympics. The Americans meet Argentina in another quarterfinal with the winner facing Spain on Friday.
France’s Tony Parker scored 14 in what could be his final Olympic game. The 34-year-old returned after sitting out a three-point loss to the Americans with a toe injury. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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