With scratches on his nose and a nearly blackened right eye, Pau Gasol trudged off the court with a silver medal around his neck. Again.

For the second straight Olympics, Spain took the mighty Americans to the wire before falling just short, 107-100.

Gasol scored 24 points to go with eight rebounds and seven assists. But it wasn't quite enough.

He says he's proud of his silver, especially knowing what Spain was up against.

"We were close," he says. "But you almost have to play the perfect game to beat them."

— Jon Krawczynski — Twitter http://twitter.com/APkrawczynski


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