With group play nearly halfway finished, the Olympic basketball teams are now jockeying for position in the knockout rounds.

Today Spain and Thunder forward Serge Ibaka squared off against the host country Great Britain, where the Spaniards narrowly escaped with a 79-78 victory. Team USA took care of Nigeria with a record-setting 156-73 victory this afternoon.

Up next, Spain will take on Russia and Team USA will play against Lithuania on Saturday.

Team USA vs. Nigeria

Immediately after Team USA’s victory over France, Thunder forward Serge Ibaka and the Spanish national team took to the court in its preliminary Olympic contest.

Spain battled China throughout a back-and-forth opening quarter, leading 19-17 after the first period. Ibaka, who scored 17 points on the day, played a big role in Spain’s 34-point second quarter when it outscored the Chinese by 10. Ibaka was a physical presence in the paint during his 20 minutes of action, pulling down five rebounds and swatting three shots.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Friday, July 27, 2012 – Seventy of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 82 regular-season games will be carried live and in high definition on the team’s exclusive regional and local TV partner, FOX Sports Oklahoma, the Thunder announced today. The other 12 games will be exclusive national broadcasts on ABC or TNT. The Thunder’s 10 games on ESPN, as well as three on TNT will also be carried on Fox Sports Oklahoma. Brian Davis (play-by-play announcer) and Grant Long (analyst) return for their fifth season as Thunder broadcasters.

The NBA announced this season’s schedule on Thursday, and for the Thunder, it is filled with high-profile matchups, marquee national television appearances and plenty of games with Western Conference implications. With 30 nationally-televised contests, including five on ABC, 10 on TNT, 10 on ESPN, and five on NBA TV, the Thunder will have plenty of opportunities to showcase itself throughout the season. The Thunder's exclusive local and regional television partner FOX Sports Oklahoma will carry the majority of the schedule, 70 games.

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