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European powers meet on the hardwood for trip to Olympic finals

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Spain's Marc Gasol (L) grabs the ball from Russia's Anton Ponkrashov during their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Russia's Sasha Kaun (L) goes in for a dunk past Spain's Jose Calderon during their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Spain's Sergio Llull (L) makes a pass around Russia's Timofey Mozgov during their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Spain's Pau Gasol (C) dunks between Russia's Timofey Mozgov (L) and Andrei Kirilenko during their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Russia's Andrei Kirilenko (R) blocks the shot of Spain's Fernando San Emeterio during their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Spain's Pau Gasol, center, scores between Russia's Timofey Mozgov (5) and Andrei Kirilenko (15) during a semifinal men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London.

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Spain's Pau Gasol, center, hauls down a rebound between Russia's Victor Khryapa, left, and Sergey Monya during a men's semifinals basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 10, 2012, in London.

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Spain forward Pau Gasol, left, challenges Russia center Timofey Mozgov during their men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London on Friday, Aug. 10, 2012.

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Spain's Jose Calderon celebrates victory against Russia after their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Spain's players celebrate victory against Russia after their men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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Russia's players sit on the bench during their game against Spain at the men's basketball semifinal match at the North Greenwich Arena during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 10, 2012.

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