Spain remained unbeaten (4-0) in FIBA World Cup play with a resounding 88-64 victory over France in Granada on Wednesday.
Led by their dominating front line of Pau and Marc Gasol, as well as Serge Ibaka, Spain took the early lead on their home court and never looked back. Marc Gasol led all scorers with 17 points while Pau chipped in with 15. Ibaka finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and two blocks off the bench.
Fan favorites Juan Carlos Navarro and Sergio Llull provided some excitement, draining back-to-back threes in the fourth quarter to push the lead out of reach for France. Navarro finished with 14 points on 40 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
France hung around early but ultimately lacked the offensive firepower to compete with Spain's veteran roster. Nic Batum and Antoine Diot led the team with 11 points apiece. Boris Diaw finished with a disappointing three points on just 1-for-6 shooting. He often looked passive at times, choosing to pass the ball rather than attack Spain's bigs.
Ricky Rubio dished out five assists for Spain.
Spain shot 51 percent from the floor as a team, compared to just 39 percent for France. Spain outscored France 44-30 in the second half thanks to their brilliant interior passing and timely shot-making.
Spain is the lone undefeated team in Group A and riding high into their matchup against Serbia tomorrow. France falls to 2-2 and will have to figure out a way to get a win against Iran in order to make it to the elimination stage of the tournament.
France and Serbia both sit at 2-2, tied for third in Group A. The top three teams from each group advance to the next round.
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