Olympics-Basketball-Spain edge Australia for bronze in thriller

Rio de Janeiro: A breakdown on the final play of the game has denied Australia a chance to win its first Olympic medal, going down by a one point in a heartbreaking bronze-medal playoff against Spain.

David Anderson went to the free throw line and made both to give the Boomers a one-point lead with 35 seconds left.

National Basketball Association star Pau Gasol scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to power Spain over Australia 89-88 in a thriller that went down to the final possession. Patty Mills finished the game with 30 points as the Boomers got their nose in front several times in the final term.

Patty Mills finished with 30 points for the Aussies. Spain held an 85-84 edge with 41.4 seconds left as Australia got the ball back after an excellent defensive stand.

Australia appeared set for triumph when Aron Baynes put them 88-87 ahead with a turnaround hook shot with 9.7 seconds remaining. "Spain is a powerhouse", said Aussie guard Matthew Dellavedova.

ESPN's Kevin Pelton praised Motum's performance, which helped keep Australia in the mix without Bogut.

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Gasol had a spectacular play of his own as he followed a missed Rodriguez lay-up and slammed it home with two hands to edge Spain back in front 83-82 with 1:51 remaining. "We have great players around him, but he's the key of this generation".

THIRD QUARTER: The action resumes and Boomers take lead for first time since first score of the game. However, Australia fought back and a 10-0 run got them within 40-38 at half-time.

National Basketball Association veteran Pau Gasol then ensured his team would not be left behind early dunking with a drive down the centre of the keyway and drawing a Baynes foul.

By this point, with the ball in the air, Mills is definitely out of the way.

Spain claim their third straight Olympic medal after clinching a roller-coaster 89-88 win over Australia.

Plus, with 28.8 seconds left and Spain down by a point, Gasol calmly dropped a pair of critical free throws.

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"We'll come out of this with a lot of confidence and a lot of fuel to the fire to be able to come back and get it done again".

Dellavedova's game was hampered by foul trouble.

As late as 2:46 on the clock, and with the Boomers clinging to a one-point lead, both teams swapped scores with Gasol and Baynes among those responding to the opposition with baskets.

After Australia scored the opening basket, Spain never ceased the lead again, but the Boomers stayed within arm's length for just about the entire game.

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