Update: 2:40 p.m. ET
Spain has just finished their epic comeback victory over Russia. The Spaniards were able to overcome their opponent, 67-59 in a game that was much closer than the final score.
Russia took a 31-20 lead into the locker room at half, but admirable performances by Pau Gasol and the rest of the tenacious Spanish defenders in the second half insured they made it back to the gold medal match.
Andre Kirilenko was a disappointment on the biggest stage, shooting just 2-12 in the contest for 10 total points. Russia needed him to come through and he failed.
The U.S. and Argentina take center stage at 4:00 p.m. ET and we will update you on the score here when it concludes.
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The men’s basketball tournament at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London is nearly complete. There are just four remaining teams vying for the right to compete in the gold-medal game on Sunday.
Russia and Spain will clash first on Friday, followed by the United States and Argentina shortly after.
Both of these teams met in the group stage of the event, and if the same results are in the cards, it will be the Americans vs. the Russians with the gold medal on the line.
Friday will actually mark the third time that Team USA will be matching up against Argentina in the past month. The teams played in a close exhibition back on July 22, with the U.S. narrowly getting the W by a score of 86-80.
Things changed with the stakes raised, as the U.S. went on to dominate the South Americans 126-97 earlier in the tournament.
Russia pulled off a major upset against Spain in Group B when the nations clashed in the preliminary round. Andre Kirilenko led his team to a 77-74 victory and helped the Russians earn the No. 1 seed on the other side of the bracket.
Before the Olympics began, many expected Team USA to face off against La Roja, but it’s now a realistic possibility that they will face off against an old nemesis in Russia instead.
We’ll find out beginning at 12:00 p.m. ET, when the opening tip takes place in the Spain vs. Russia game.
Stay tuned right here for a postgame recap that includes grades, analysis and predictions for the gold-medal match following the games.