Considered Team USA's best competition, Spain played the part in its opening win against China on Sunday.
Pau Gasol and Spain beat China 97-81 in their 2012 Olympic opener. The Los Angeles Lakers forward finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds. Like Team USA earlier on Sunday, Spain also got off to a slow start, only leading by two points after the first quarter.
Spain dominated China, winning the rebound battle 35-22 and shooting 57.1 percent from the field, including an 11-for-19 performance from three-point range. Forward Yi Jianlian led China with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Spain led 69-60 entering the third quarter, and used a 14-7 run to open the fourth quarter to take control of the game.
Four players for Spain scored in double-digits including Oklahoma City's Serge Ibaka's 17 points. Spain's next game is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31st against Australia at 3:15 a.m..