|Andrei Kirilenko's 26 points were not enough|
Gasol scored only 4 points in the second half to give him 35 for the game. Gasol did not have to score much in the second half as he got some help from his teammates, most notably guards Juan Carlos Navarro, 20 points, and Carlos Marco who scored 13 points, all of them in the second half.
|Juan Carlos Navarro had 20 points|
Gasol completely dominated the game in the first half as Russia refused to double team him. He scored 16 points in the first quarter and 15 in the second. He shot 12 for 14 in the first half, and a perfect 7 for 7 in the second quarter. Gasol kept hitting hook shot after hook shot and also stepped outside for a few medium range jumpers. "He is a very super player" was Russian coach Sergei Elevich comment on Gasol.
Gasol, Navarro and Marco combined to score 68 out of 89 points for Spain. Gasol and Navarro scored 45 out of 51 Spanish first half points.
Spanish coach Moncho Lopez praised his power forward Jorge Garbajosa after the game: "Garbajosa played very good defence and also got good help from his teammates." Garbajosa had an excellent defensive game but shot only 1 for 7 from the field.
|Vassili Karassev (Russia)|
Russia put on a full court press at the end of the game despite the big deficit at that point. This was in an attempt to shave points of the final margin. The point difference can become important if Spain, Russia and Serbia & Montenegro all finish with the same amount of points.