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Rio 2016: Spain drops second in a row, loses to Brazil 66-65

Another game, another disappointment for medal hopefuls Spain, who now face an uphill battle to advance to the quarterfinals.


Spain's languid offense resurfaced again in their second Olympic match, and for a second time in a row they were dealt a loss in a game that went down to the final possession.

This time it was hosts Brazil, led by Lakers guard Marcelinho Huertas that pulled off the upset, stifling a Spanish attack that wasn't able to rely on the hot hands of Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. Gasol went 5 of 12 from the free-throw line, including two crucial misses in a row when Spain were up 65-64 in the final minute. Brazil then took the lead on a put-back basket by Marcus Marquinhos. Attempts by Rudy Fernandez and Sergio Llull both failed to go down, sealing the win for the host nation.

Gasol scored a game-high 13 points and added 10 boards and four blocks, but this is still a big letdown for him in what is most likely his last Olympics.

It didn't help that the Spaniards on the whole struggled to get any offense going. The team shot just 36.5% from the field tonight and 26% from three, and coach Sergio Scariolo again showed his lack of confidence in the Timberwolves' Ricky Rubio, who started the game but did little in 17 minutes of play.

Here's what the Group B picture currently looks like, with Argentina's matchup with Croatia still to go.

# Team Games Wins Losses Points
1 Lithuania 2 2 0 4
2 Brazil 2 1 1 3
3 Argentina 1 1 0 2
4 Croatia 1 1 0 2
5 Spain 2 0 2 2
6 Nigeria 2 0 2 2

Next up for Spain is Nigeria. They'll once again enter the game as favorites but, as we've seen thus far, that may not mean all that much.