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La Roja needed a double overtime to have the better of Australia in the semifinal , winning on Friday to reach the final for the first time in 13 years.
Team USA out of World Cup as France Snaps competitive Game-winning Run Read more Spain trailed by as many as seven points in the final quarter, before rallying back and forcing the game into overtime after Patty Mills converted just one of two free throws with Australia down by one and just four seconds left.
Spain eventually pulled clear in the second overtime, thanks to Marc Gasol and Ricky Rubio, who were by far the best men on the court for their team. Gasol finished with 33 points, six rebounds, four assists and four blocks, while Rubio had 19 points, seven rebounds, 12 assists and four steals.
Spain was the last team to be a first-time winner when it triumphed over Greece 13 years ago in Japan. The tournament has returned to the Far East this year and La Roja has good reasons to believe history might repeat itself.
Players don't come more experienced than year-old Luis Scola, who has been Argentina's talisman throughout the tournament. A second-round pick in the NBA draft, Scola is the last survivor of Argentina's golden generation that won the gold medal at the Olympics and finished third four years later.
The power forward is determined to go out on a high and was the best man on the court in the semifinal against France, finishing with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Les Bleus were considered the favorites after knocking out Team USA in the quarterfinals, but were stifled by Argentina's suffocating defense and were defeated Argentina won the inaugural edition of the World Cup in but have only made the final once since, losing to Yugoslavia in overtime in Here's all you need to know about the final.
The arena hosted one NBA game in each season between and , with two games staged in and Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.