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Daniel Wighton is a Berlin-based freelance journalist and editor. Daniel has worked with The Roar as an editor since 2012.

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Spain has called a timeout. 35 seconds to go.

Has Gasol got one big play left in him?

Q4 9′

Spain 85
Australia 86

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

OLD MAN ANDERSEN HITS BOTH FREES.

Q4 1′

Spain 85
Australia 86

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Dave Andersen is fouled, and will go to the line.

Q4 9′

Spain 85
Australia 84

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

There is 41 seconds to go, Australia are down by one and have possession.

Q4 1′

Spain 85
Australia 84

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Is that it for Australia?

Mills misses and the ball is back in Spain’s hands with not long to play. We are up the other end but Spain go for a three and the ball is out. Australia will have possession. They call a timeout.

Q4 1′

Spain 85
Australia 44

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

What Australia would do for a Kyrie Irving fadeaway three right now?

Rodriguez hits a two and there is some interference up the other end, and we’ve gone off to the referees for clarification.

Q4 8′

Spain 85
Australia 84

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Mills hits one of two free throws before the teams trade twos.

Gasol pulls out a huge dunk, but Mills gets back up the other end.

WIth 90 seconds left ,Australia are in the lead.

Q4 8′

Spain 83
Australia 84

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Delly hits a 2, celebrates like Cleveland is on fire, and then Spain miss a 3 by Navarro.

Mirotic gains a foul and Australia call a time out.

Q4 6′

Spain 78
Australia 79

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

2 for Broekhoff and then a 3 for Fernandez, giving Spain the lead.

Mills comes up the court and hits a clutch two, before Rodriguez comes down and makes a layup.

Q4 6′

Spain 78
Australia 77

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Rodriguez goes for three but it doesn’t drop for the big man and Ingles gets the rebound. Spain get a free throw and then hit a 2 point jumper.

Broekhoff hits a three and we are locked up again at 73-73.

Q4 5′

Spain 73
Australia 73

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

DUNK FOR MOTUM.

Here come the Aussies. We are locked up in the men’s bronze match. Can Australia claim their first ever medal?

Q4 1′

Spain 70
Australia 70

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Australia storm back as Mills hits two free throws, collects a rebound and then gets it to Motum who makes a layup.

Q4 3′

Spain 70
Australia 68

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

First points go to Spain as Rodriguez hits a jumping 3, taking their lead out to six points.

Q4 1′

Spain 70
Australia 64

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

That’s three quarter time, with Spain ahead by three after a Mirotic layup.

If Gasol – and his 36 year old legs – can handle the final quarter, Spain will probably claim the gold. Australia’s first five are likely to be similarly exhausted, but need to dig deep and win the quarter by at least four.

Anyone have Ben Simmons number?

Three quarter time

Spain 67
Australia 64

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

BOOM!

Spain edge their lead out to four – the biggest of the quarter – with a Gasol layup.

But Australia’s Broekhoff hits a centre three, and the score is back to 65-64.

Q3 9′

Spain 65
Australia 64

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Spain’s other team members have decided to get in on the act now, and with a Mirotic three and a Llull layup, the advantage out to 62-59.

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Mills – who has been Australia’s best – trades free throws with Gasol and the score is 52-52 before Gasol tips it in.

Q3 7′

Spain 54
Australia 52

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

What would Spain do without Gasol?

This is some LeBron style stuff from the Catalan, who hit a layup and then an alleyoop to keep Spain’s advantage.

Mills and Ingles hit a 2 each to make sure Australia keeps pace.

Q3 7′

Spain 49
Australia 49

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Alright, so neck and neck would be the best way to describe it here.

Spain goes back in the lead after Rubio is fouled while hitting a layup. Their lead is 45-43, but Patty Mills advances down the court to hit a layup.

Q3 4′

Spain 45
Australia 45

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Mills hits a jumping 3 and Delly gets a two after a Bogut block, and Australia are in the lead for the first time since just after tip-off.

Game on here in Rio!

Q3 2′

Spain 42
Australia 43

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

We are back after the break, and the Aussies have started with their best possible five: Mills, Bogut, Ingles, Delly and Baynes. They will want to bring the fight to Gasol and the other blokes in the early stages of this quarter.

As we say that, Gasol hits a layup.

Q3 2′

Spain 42
Australia 38

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

We go in for oranges and presumably some form of light tapas to take a break from the action, with Spain leading 40-38.

Australia went on a ten-point run to end the first half, showing everyone just what we can do when we decide to do it.

In that sense, half-time came at the worst moment for the Aussies, although Spain will have plenty to think about at the break.

Half-time

Spain 40
Australia 38

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Dave Andersen is fouled by Gasol outside the perimeter, and will step up to the line for three frees.

Hits the first.
Misses the second
Hits the third.

Dios Mio! Spain call a timeout, with three seconds to play in the first half.

Q2 9′

Spain 40
Australia 38

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

That’s more like it!

Australia go on a run thanks to two frees from Ingles, a Mills 3 and then a jumping 3 from Andersen. All the while Spain are fiddling with their line-up as Llull misses a jumping two.

Q2 9′

Spain 40
Australia 36

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog

Not sure what was said in that timeout, although it doesnt appear to have worked too well. Spain go on a run around a Pau Gasol 3, and the advantage is now 40-28 for the Spanish.

Australia will want to find their pool stage form soon, or hope that Gasol finds something better to do for the next half hour or so. Maybe a half-time retirement for the big man from Catalan?

Q2 7′

Spain 40
Australia 28

Australia Boomers vs Spain highlights: Rio Olympics men’s basketball bronze medal live blog