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Olympic Games Standings
Group A
 1. USA 5-0 
 2. France 4-1 
 3. Argentina 3-2 
 4. Lithuania 2-3 
 5. Nigeria 1-4 
 6. Tunisia 0-5 
Group B
 1. Brazil 4-1 
 2. Russia 4-1 
 3. Spain 3-2 
 4. Australia 3-2 
 5. U.Kingdom 1-4 
 6. China 0-5 
Points Per Game
 Patrick MILLS
  AUS
  (183-PG-88)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Mills, AUS21.5 
 2. Durant, USA20.3 
 3. Ginobili, ARG19.4 
 4. Gasol, ESP19.1 
 5. Scola, ARG18.0 
 6. Kirilenko, RUS17.5 
 7. Barbosa, BRA16.2 
 8. Deng, ENG15.8 
 9. Parker, FRA15.7 
 10. Batum, FRA15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jianlian YI
  (212-PF-87)
  Avg: 10.2
 1. Yi, CHN10.2 
 2. Mejri, TUN10.0 
 3. Diogu, NGR9.0 
 4. Ben Ghnia, TUN8.6 
 5. Nene, BRA8.0 
 6. Love, USA7.9 
 7. Gasol, ESP7.6 
 8. Kirilenko, RUS7.5 
 9. Varejao, BRA7.0 
 10. Freeland, ENG6.6 
Assists Per Game
 Pablo PRIGIONI
  ITA
  (190-PG-77)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Prigioni, ARG6.5 
 2. Huertas, BRA6.0 
 3. Shved, RUS5.9 
 4. James, USA5.6 
 5. Jasikevicius, LTU5.3 
 6. Paul, USA4.9 
 7. Kalnietis, LTU4.8 
 8. Deng, ENG4.6 
 9. Dellavedova, AUS4.5 
 10. Diaw, FRA4.3 
Steals Per Game
 Chris PAUL
  (183-PG-85)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Paul, USA2.6 
 2. Aminu, NGR2.0 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.9 
 4. Prigioni, ARG1.8 
 5. Nielsen, AUS1.8 
 6. Ben Ghnia, TUN1.8 
 7. De Colo, FRA1.7 
 8. Durant, USA1.7 
 9. Ginobili, ARG1.6 
 10. James, USA1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Salah MEJRI
  TUN
  (217-C-86)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Mejri, TUN3.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.2 
 3. Kirilenko, RUS1.8 
 4. Batum, FRA1.5 
 5. Seraphin, FRA1.3 
 6. Gasol, ESP1.3 
 7. Ibaka, ESP1.3 
 8. Jankunas, LTU1.0 
 9. Nene, BRA1.0 
 10. Kaun, RUS0.8 


LeBron James named All-Tournament MVP (Photo: london2012.fiba.com)
 

USA claim the 14th Olympic Gold (Photo: london2012.fiba.com)
USA 2012 NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER
Starting Five in BOLD letters
Starting five
Tyson Chandler
Chandler
Kevin Durant
Durant
LeBron James
James
Kobe Bryant
Bryant
Chris Paul
Paul
4 Tyson Chandler 7'1''-C-82 New York K.
5 Kevin Durant 6'9''-SF-88 Oklah.City T.
6 LeBron James 6'8''-SF-84 Miami Heat
7 Russell Westbrook 6'3''-PG-88 Oklah.City T.
8 Deron Williams 6'3''-PG-84 Brooklyn N.
9 Andre Iguodala 6'6''-SF-84 Philadelph.76
10 Kobe Bryant 6'6''-SG-78 LA Lakers
11 Kevin Love 6'10''-PF-88 Minnesota T.
12 James Harden 6'5''-SG-89 Oklah.City T.
13 Chris Paul 6'0''-PG-85 LA Clippers
14 Anthony Davis 6'10''-C-93 N.Orleans H.
15 Carmelo Anthony 6'8''-SF-84 New York K.

Mike Krzyzewski
Head Coach
Jim Boeheim
Coach Assistant
Mike D'Antoni
Coach Assistant
Nate McMillan
Coach Assistant

Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games Awards 2012 - Aug 13, 2012

Eurobasket.com All-Olympic Games 1st Team
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LeBron James
James
Alexey Shved
Shved
Emanuel Ginobili
Ginobili
Kevin Durant
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Pau Gasol
Gasol
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MVP: LeBron James (203-SF-84) of USA
Best Guard: Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77) of Argentina
Best Forward: LeBron James (203-SF-84) of USA
Best Center: Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) of Spain
Best Coach: David Blatt of Russia

1st Team
G: Alexey Shved (198-88) of Russia
SG: Emanuel Ginobili (198-77) of Argentina
SF: LeBron James (203-84) of USA
SF: Kevin Durant (206-88) of USA
F/C: Pau Gasol (214-80) of Spain

2nd Team
PG: Marcelinho Huertas (191-83) of Brazil
PG: Patrick Mills (183-88) of Australia
SF: Carmelo Anthony (203-84) of USA
F: Andrei Kirilenko (209-81) of Russia
F/C: Luis Scola (204-80) of Argentina

3rd Team
PG: Chris Paul (183-85) of USA
PG: Tony Parker (188-82) of France
SF: Nicolas Batum (203-88) of France
PF: Jianlian Yi (212-87) of China
C: Marc Gasol (216-85) of Spain

Honorable Mention
Kevin Love (208-PF-88) of USA
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) of Brazil
Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85) of Russia
Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) of Argentina
Pablo Prigioni (191-PG-77) of Argentina
Joe Ingles (203-SF-87) of Australia
Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85) of Lithuania
Luol Deng (206-F-85) of England
Salah Mejri (217-C-86) of Tunisia
Mahdi Ben Ghnia (203-F/C-87) of Tunisia


USA claim the 14th Olympic Gold - Aug 12, 2012

FINAL
USA - Spain 107-100
USA claimed the 14th Olympic Gold. They defeated Spain in the championship game in London tonight to clinch the trophy. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) led all scorers with 30 points and 9 rebounds. The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the starting quarter. Finally Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony gave Team USA a 25:16 lead. They finished the opening quarter up by 8 points 35:27. But Spain opened the second term with seven points in a row to narrow the deficit. Soon Rodriguez drained a triple to put Spain in front 39:37. The teams exchanged baskets as USA managed to eke out a 59:58 lead at halftime. The teams continued to go neck and neck throughout the third term. Kobe Bryant helped the North American team gain a 77:72 lead. But Serg Ibaka and Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) dragged Spain within one at the final intermission 82:83. Kevin Durant organized a 7:1 run from the USA as they posted a 97:87 lead with under five minutes remaining. Spain trimmed the deficit to 6 points but LeBron James (203-SF-84) hit a triple and Chris Paul followed a jumper to secure a 104:93 lead with 51 seconds remaining. USA hung on in the dying seconds and celebrated historic victory at the end. LeBron James accounted for 19 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for USA. Kobe Bryant added 17 points in the victory. Pau Gasol answered with 24 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists for Spain. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) had 21 points in the loss.
3-4 Place
Argentina - Russia 77-81
Russia clinched the Bronze medals at the Olympic basketball tournament. They snatched the win over Argentina in a heart-stopping thriller. Alexey Shved scored 25 points, distributed 7 assists and grabbed 5 rebounds to pace the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout close first quarter. Argentina eked out a 20:19 lead after ten minutes. Argentina stretched the lead to 6 points midway through the second quarter. However Russia answered with 12 points in a row to surge ahead. Alexey Shved capped the half with a three-pointer to make it 40:38 for Russia. The teams continued their roller-coaster action throughout the third term. The lead changed hands before Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) and Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) gave David Blatts team a 56:48 lead. Russia soon gained an 11-point advantage 61:50. But the Latin American team answered with seven points in a row to narrow the margin at 4-point mark 57:61. Argentina quickly denied the deficit setting up a thrilling finale. The teams were tied at 74 with under 90 seconds remaining in regulation. Carlos Delfino scored just one free throw, while Vitaliy Fridzon sank both his attempts to put Russia in front with 56 seconds remaining. Emanuel Ginobili replied with a tough layup to pull Argentina in front 77:76. Alexey Shved answered with a three-pointer and then Vitaliy Fridzon converted a layup to seal the victory for Russia. Vitaliy Fridzon finished with 19 points, while Andrei Kirilenko added 20 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 21 points for Argentina. Andres Nocioni (199-SF-79) had 16 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


USA and Spain set up title clash - Aug 10, 2012

USA - Argentina 109-83
USA entered the title game at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They bruised Argentina in the semifinal battle tonight to set up the clash versus Spain on Sunday. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 19 points to lead the winners. Argentina will play versus Russia in the consolation final. Team USA jumped to a 15:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances), Scola and Nocioni returned Argentina in the game. They cut the deficit to just three points 15:18 late in the period. USA entered the second frame up by 5 points 24:19. Delfino drained back-to-back triples midway through the second term to keep Argentina within striking distance. LeBron James (203-SF-84) however answered with seven points in a row to make 37:27 for USA. Emanuel Ginobili capped the first half with a three-pointer to put Argentina within 7 points 40:47. Emanuel Ginobili drained another trey at the start of the second half but Team USA answered with 12:3 run to clear off. Kevin Durant connected twice from beyond the arc and LeBron James added a jumper as USA built a 72:53 lead with under two minutes to go in the third quarter. They entered the fourth quarter up by 17 points 74:57. USA opened the fourth frame with eight points in a row and never looked back cruising to the seventh win in a row at the tournament. LeBron James finished with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists, while Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) chipped in 18 points for the winners. Emanuel Ginobili replied with 18 points for Argentina. Luis Scola and Carlos Delfino had 15 points each in the loss.

Spain - Russia 67-59
Spain will play in the Olympic basketball tournament Final. They overcame Russia in the semifinal thriller. Spain thus took revenge on Russia for the loss in the preliminary round. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners. Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Khryapa gave Russia a 9:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. The teams were plagued by misses in the first ten minutes but Russia managed to secure a 12:9 lead. Monya hit a bunch of three-pointers to give Russia a 27:14 lead midway through the second term. Spain cut the distance but still faced an 11-point deficit at halftime 20:31. But the third term turned the tables for the Spaniards. Pau Gasol and Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) connected from beyond the arc late in the period and Spain levelled things up at 46 heading into the fourth frame. Anton Ponkrashov put Russia back in charge early in the quarter. But Llull and Jose Manuel Calderon organized a 9:0 run from Spain as they accumulated a 55:49 advantage. Jose Manuel Calderon hit another trey and Reyes added a jumper to make it 60:50 for Spain with under five minutes to go. Andrei Kirilenko kept Russian fans hopeful draining a triple but a number of misses from the charity stripe from Andrei Kirilenko sealed the deal for them. Spain celebrated victory and advanced into the championship game. Jose Manuel Calderon provided 14 points, while Marc Gasol and Rudy Fernandez added 11 points each for Spain. Sasha Kaun answered with 14 points for Russia. Anton Ponkrashov and Andrei Kirilenko had 10 points apiece in the loss.


USA, Russia, Spain and Argentina stay in title race - Aug 8, 2012

France - Spain 59-66
Spain became the second semifinalists of Olympic Games basketball tournament. They prevailed against France in a dramatic battle in London. The victory set up Spain vs. Russia clash in the semifinal on Friday. Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) provided 14 points and 5 boards to lead the winners. France cleared off to a 22:15 late in the opening quarter. Rudy Fernandez capped the period with a jumper to cut the deficit to 5 points. Les Bleus maintained the lead throughout the second quarter. They recorded a 37:34 halftime advantage. But Spain tipped off the second half with seven points in a row to take a 41:37 lead. The teams then went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the third quarter. The lead changed hands for several times before France made it 53:51 with ten minutes remaining. Serg Ibaka and Llull gave Spin a 58:57 lead midway through the final stanza. Both teams then went scoreless for almost four minutes before Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol made it 62:57 for Spain. Calderon and Pau Gasol extended the lead to 9 points in the dying seconds and a jumper from Gelabale just sweetened the pill for France. Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80) posted 12 points, Pau Gasol added 10 points in the victory. Boris Diaw (203-PF-82) and Tony Parker (188-PG-82) responded with 15 points each for France.

Russia - Lithuania 83-74
Russia advanced into the semifinal stage of Olympic basketball tournament. David Blatt's team held off Lithuania in the first quarterfinal tonight. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) scored 19 points and 13 rebounds to lead the winners. Lithuania led just in the opening minutes. Valanciunas gave the Baltic team a 9:6 lead midway through the first term. But Russia quickly gained the advantage and used an 11:1 run to make it 17:10 at the first break. The gap grew at 9-point mark early in the second quarter. But Darius Songaila put Lithuania within 5 points at the interval. Jasikevicius committed several crucial turnovers early in the third term as Russia gained back a 9-point lead 41:32. Soon Viktor Khryapa made it 46:32 for Russia. But Lithuania remained in the game as Pocius and Kalnietis trimmed the deficit to 4 points with one quarter remaining 54:50. Rimantas Kaukenas (192-SG-77, college: Seton Hall) put Lithuania within one at the start of the fourth frame but Russia used a 7:0 run to earn a 64:55 lead midway through the final stanza. Darius Songaila and Rimantas Kaukenas kept intrigue alive for some time but Andrei Kirilenko and Fridzon extended the gap 11 points and Russia secured the winning outcome at the end. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) finished with 17 points, while Viktor Khryapa added 12 points, 8 assists and 6 boards for the winners. Rimantas Kaukenas answered with 19 points for Lithuania. Darius Songaila had 15 points in the loss.

Brazil - Argentina 77-82
Argentina will play at Olympic basketball tournament semifinal. They overcame their archrivals Brazil in the quarterfinal clash tonight. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) knocked down 17 points to pace the winners. The lead changed hands for several times throughout intense first quarter. Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) capped it with a three-pointer to give Brazil a 26:23 lead. Argentina gained a 35:30 lead midway through the second frame. Carlos Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) crowned the first half with a free throw as Argentina gained a 46:40 lead. Argentina tipped off the second half on an 8:3 run to take a 54:44 lead. The margin soon grew at 15-point mark before Brazil cut it back to 10 points with ten minutes remaining 54:64. Nene Hilario and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) put Brazil within 4 points 66:70 with just five minutes remaining. Garcia dragged Brazil within two but Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances), Luis Scola, Carlos Delfino and Prigioni knocked down 8 straight free throws late in regulation to seal the victory for Argentina. Carlos Delfino and Emanuel Ginobili provided 16 points each for the winners. Marcelinho Huertas and Leandrinho Barbosa had 22 points apiece for Brazil.

USA - Australia 119-86
USA completed semifinal picture at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Australia to earn the spot in the semifinal clash versus Argentina. Kevin Durant opened the scoring with a three-pointer but the Boomers reacted adequately and soon surged ahead. The teams stayed close before the USA surged ahead for a 19:12 lead. Team USA soon opened a 10-point lead at 26:16. But Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) put Australia within 7 points at the first break 21:28. Kevin Durant opened the second term with a triple and Team USA shortly accumulated a 12-point lead. They kept the Boomers at distance in the second quarter posting a 56:42 lead at halftime. Australia surprised USA with an 11:0 run at the start of the second half. Kevin Durant stopped the bleeding with a three-pointer. Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78) then drilled back-to-back three-pointers for the USA as they earned a 70:58 lead midway through the third term. USA entered the fourth frame up by 14 points 84:70. They stayed in control in the final frame. The Boomers tried hard but could not threaten the margin at the dying stages of the game. Kobe Bryant topscored with 20 points. Deron Williams (191-PG-84, college: Illinois) added 18 points, while Carmelo Anthony had 17 points. LeBron James accounted for triple-double of 11 points, 14 boards and 11 assists in the win. Patrick Mills answered with 26 points for Australia. Joe Ingles had 19 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists in the loss.


The Quarterfinals are set in London - Aug 7, 2012

Group A
Argentina - USA 97-126
USA claimed the fifth straight win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Argentina to win preliminary Group A. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) poured in 28 points to pace the winners. USA will now take on Australia, while Argentina will play versus Brazil in the quarterfinals. USA jumped to an early 14:8 lead but Argentina quickly erased the deficit. The teams went neck and neck throughout the opening quarter. Kevin Durant capped the period with a three-pointer to give USA a 34:32 lead. Argentina and USA exchanged baskets throughout the third quarter. LeBron James (203-SF-84) made it 60:57 at the interval. But the third term belonged to the North American team. LeBron James triggered an 11:2 run that gave USA a 9-point lead. Soon USA organined a 12:3 rally to boost the gap at 16-point mark. USA exploded with 42 points in the period to take a 102:78 lead. They never looked back afterwards and marched to the victory at the end. LeBron James accounted for 18 points, while Chris Paul (183-PG-85, college: Wake Forest) delivered 17 points and 7 assists in the victory. Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) responded with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Argentina. Carlos Delfino netted 13 points in the loss.

Tunisia - Lithuania 63-76
Lithuania recorded the second win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Tunisia for 2-3 record in Group A. Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Sarunas Jasikevicius (192-PG-76, college: Maryland) scored 13 points each to pace the winners. Tunisia fell at 0-5 record. Tunisia got to another confident start at the tournament. They held Lithuania to 7 points in the first ten minutes to build an 11-point lead. Lithuania started to wake up in the second quarter. The Baltic team dropped 22 points to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 35:29. Lithuania cut the deficit in the third term. They narrowed the gap at the final intermission 50:54. Lithuania finally got things going at the start of the final frame. They triggered a 15:2 run to take a 65:56 lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the final minutes and cruised to the victory at the end. Rimantas Kaukenas, Simas Jasaitis (201-SF-82) and Renaldas Seibutis accounted for 10 points each in the win. Amine Rzig (198-SF-80) answered with 17 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) had 12 points in the loss.

France - Nigeria 79-73
Lithuania recorded the second win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Tunisia for 2-3 record in Group A. Darius Songaila and Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 13 points each to pace the winners. Tunisia fell at 0-5 record. Tunisia got to another confident start at the tournament. They held Lithuania to 7 points in the first ten minutes to build an 11-point lead. Lithuania started to wake up in the second quarter. The Baltic team dropped 22 points to narrow the gap at 6-point mark at halftime 35:29. Lithuania cut the deficit in the third term. They narrowed the gap at the final intermission 50:54. Lithuania finally got things going at the start of the final frame. They triggered a 15:2 run to take a 65:56 lead. Lithuania did not slow down in the final minutes and cruised to the victory at the end. Rimantas Kaukenas, Simas Jasaitis and Renaldas Seibutis accounted for 10 points each in the win. Amine Rzig answered with 17 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane had 12 points in the loss.

Group B
United Kingdom - China 90-58
Great Britain edge China in London as both teams finished Group B of the Olympics 2012. The hosts finished the journey with the comfortable 90:58 win and improved to 1-4 record. China lost all five games and dropped at 0-5 record on the bottom of the group. Great Britain started the game with 27-15 and never looked behind after. The hosts added 19-16 in the second frame for 46:31 at the halftime. Great Britain dominated also the second half. They won the third period 26-17 and finished the game with 18-10. Achara Kieron top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) posted 12. Sullivan Drew delivered 11 and Johnson Kyle added 9. Wang ZhiZhi finished the game with 11 points in the losing effort, while Yi Jianlian collected 10 points and 14 rebounds. Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) scored 9 and Zhou Peng chipped in with 8.

Spain - Brazil 82-88
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) leads Brazil past Spain in the last game of Group B. Brazil wins over the Spanish outfit 88:82 and finished with 4-1 record on the second place. Spain suffered the second straight loss and dropped at 3-2. Spain started with 26-17 and proved their ambitions for the win. Brazil replied with 21-18 in the second frame but lost the third quarter 19-22. The last period was decisive in the game. Spain led 5 points but could not keep the win. Neto reduced to 68:65, while Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) kept the difference at 70:67. Sada gave Spain 72:67 and Gasol increased to 6 points. Leandrinho Barbosa made two free throws for 73:69 with 5 minutes to go. Leandrinho Barbosa later made two three-pointers in a row for 75:73 lead. Pau Gasol tied the game at 75:75, but Leandrinho Barbosa made two free throws for 77:75. Taylor increased to 4 points and Varejao made it 80:76. Again Leandrinho Barbosa scored for 82:76, while Varejao posted two for 84:77. Tiago Splitter made a dunk for 88:79 and Llull closed the game from the arc. Leandrinho Barbosa top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Marquinhos Vieira netted 13. Tiago Splitter followed them with 11 points in a win. Pau Gasol ended up with 25 points and Marc Gasol scored 20 in defeat.

Australia - Russia 82-80
Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) fires a buzzer beater to lift Australia over Russia in the start of the last day in Preliminary Round. He brought his team a thrilling 82:80 win to finish with 3-2 record. Russia meanwhile finished with 4-1 record on top. Russia proved it one more time to be the best team to be watched. The European team battles until the last seconds and usually grabs the victory at the end of the game. Australia won the first period 29-20, but Russia reduced to 46:45 at the halftime. Again Australia needed 23-19 in the third period for 5-point advantage after three quarters. Mozgov opened the last stanza for 69:66 but Russia tied the game only at the end. David Andersen (212-C-80) made it 77:70, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) and Ponkrashov reduced to 4 points with 3 minutes to go. David Andersen made another dunk for 79:73 and then Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) made two free throws for 79:75. The latter later made a jump shot and added another free throw for 79:78. Fridzon later gave European team 80:79 advantage, but the victory ran out from Russia. Australia needed 4 seconds to find Patrick Mills that fired a three-pointer with the buzzer. Ingles top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Baynes and Patrick Mills added 13 each. Matthew Dellavedova (193-SG-90) followed them with 10 points in a win. Sasha Kaun ended up with 18 points in the losing effort and Shved as well as Andrei Kirilenko had 13 each. Mozgov poured in 10 points in a loss.


Day 4 of Olympic tournament in London - Aug 5, 2012

Group A
Nigeria - Argentina 79-93
Argentina earned the third win in London. They knocked down Nigeria tonight to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Nigeria suffered the third straight loss and slipped at 1-3. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) stepped up with 22 points to lead the winners. Argentina started the game aggressively. They exploded with 37 points in the opening ten minutes to ensure an 18-point lead. The margin quickly grew at 20-point mark in the second quarter. Argentina arrived at halftime up by 20 points 57:37. Argentina stayed in charge throughout the third term. They entered the final stanza leading 76:57. Nigeria got within 15 points midway through the final term but Argentina stayed calm and coasted to the victory at the end. Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) notched 18 points, while Andres Nocioni added 17 points in the victory. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) responded with 16 points and 11 boards for Nigeria. Derrick Obasohan had 15 points in the loss.

Lithuania - USA 94-99
USA struggle to overcome Lithuania in Day 4 of the 2012 Olympics. After an easy win over Nigeria, USA grabbed a valuable 99:94 win over the Baltic State and improved to 4-0 record. Lithuanian meanwhile fell at 1-3 record in Group A. USA scored 33 points in the first period and led 8 points at the end of the first period. The victory was not however that easy for the favorites. Lithuanian bounced back with 26-22 in the second frame Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) reduced to 55:51 at the halftime. Moreover a 5-0 run gave Lithuanian team 56:55 lead as Sarunas Jasikevicius nailed from the arc. The teams exchanged some more baskets in the third period as Seibutis tied the game at 69:69. USA managed to grab 78:72 lead at the end of the quarter after Deron Williams's shot. Linas Kleiza later brought his team 82:80, while LeBron James (203-SF-84) made three for 90:86. No matter how hard the Lithuanian team tried to recover they finished with 5-point loss. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) and LeBron James top-scored for the winners with 20 points for the 4th straight win. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) nailed 16, while Deron Williams delivered 12. Linas Kleiza finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort and Martynas Pocius nailed 14. Darius Songaila notched 11 and Paulius Jankunas delivered 9.

Tunisia - France 69-73
France registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They held off pesky Tunisia to improve at 3-1 record in Group A. Tunisia suffered the fourth loss in a row. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 22 points to lead the winners. France seemed well in control early in the game. They recorded a 20:15 lead at the first break. France held their opponents at 12 points in the second term and posted a 35:27 halftime lead. France boosted the margin in the third term. They led by 16 points midway through the period. France entered the final quarter up by 17 points 60:43. But Tunisia refused to surrender. They capitalized on sloppy French attitude to narrow the gap at 5-point mark with 50 seconds remaining. Nando De Colo hit two free throws and France managed to escape with victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) scored 19 points and grabbed 8 rebounds, while Kevin Seraphin added 10 points in the victory. Mohamed Hadidane (207-PF-86) responded with 20 points for Tunisia. Macram Ben Romdhane had 17 points in the loss.

Group B
China - Brazil 59-98
Brazil thrash China to make the Quarterfinal appearance of the Olympics 2012. Brazil improved to 3-1 record in Group B after 98:56 victory, while the Asian team fell at 0-4 record. Brazil started with 4-0 run and then Tiago Splitter scored for 9:2. Guo and Marquinhos Vieira (207-F-84) exchanged the late baskets in the end of the period for 25:9. Brazil however could not score in the first four minutes of the second frame. China reduced only to 25:11 and then Tiago Splitter posted two for 40:19. Liu meanwhile closed the half at 42:21. The second half also belonged to the favorite team. Brazil won the third period 28-17 and added 28-21 in the last stanza. Marquinhos Vieira top-scored for the winners with 14 points, while Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) and Guilherme Giovannoni netted 13 each. Tiago Splitter delivered 12, while Marcelo Magalhaes posted 10. Zhu FangYu (201-SF-83) delivered 13 points in the losing effort and Chen Jianghua had 10.

United Kingdom - Australia 75-106
Australia earned a crucial win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Great Britain to seal the quarterfinal appearance. The Boomers improved at 2-2 record in Group B. Great Britain fell at 0-4 record after the loss. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) ran the floor with impressive 39 points for the Boomers. Great Britain dominated in the first half. They opened a 6:0 lead early in the game. The hosts stayed in charge throughout the opening frame to post a 25:18 lead after ten minutes. Reinking gave Great Britain a 42:28 lead midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 46;36 halftime advantage. But Australia turned the tables in the third frame. The Boomers went on a 17:2 run to level things up at 53. Patrick Mills and Newley scored six points in a row as Australia gained a 66:57 lead late in the quarter. The Boomers opened the fourth frame on an 18:0 run and never looked back en route to the win. David Andersen (212-C-80) had 13 points, while Joe Ingles provided 11 points for the Boomers. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) answered with 16 points for Great Britain. Daniel Clark had 14 points in defeat.

Russia - Spain 77-74
Russia overcame a slow start to defeat Spain in the Olympic basketball tournament. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) scored 24 points to lead the winners. Russia are now at 4-0 record on top of Group B. Spain fell at 3-1 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with ten points in a row. The European champions earned a 28:11 lead at the first break. Russia slowly came back to life in the second term. They cut the deficit at 8-point mark at halftime 40:32. Vitaliy Fridzon, Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov put Russia in front 51:47 midway through the third term. Russia maintained the lead till the final break 56:53. Navarro and Rudy Fernandez put Spain back in front early in the final quarter. The gap grew at 9-point mark 69:60 with under five minutes remaining. But Kirilenko triggered a 10:2 run that put Russia within one. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) returned a 3-point lead for Spain but Timofey Mozgov and Vitaliy Fridzon made it 77:74 for Russia with 4 seconds remaining. Marc Gasol committed a turnover in the final possession as Russia got away with victory. Anton Ponkrashov (202-SG-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) posted 14 points and 11 assists, while Viktor Khryapa and Timofey Mozgov added 12 points each in the victory. Pau Gasol responded with 20 points for Spain. Rudy Fernandez and Marc Gasol had 10 points each in the loss.


Day 3 of Olympic tournament in London - Aug 3, 2012

Group A
USA - Nigeria 156-73
USA clinched the third straight win at the start of Olympic basketball tournament. They swept Nigeria for 3-0 record on top of Group A. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) exploded with 37 points to lead the winners. Team USA shocked Nigeria in the opening quarter. The North American team shot lights out hitting 11/14 three-pointers and accounting for stunning 49 points in the opening ten minutes. Team USA stayed red hot from the field in the second quarter. They accounted for 78 points in the first half to ensure a 33-point halftime advantage. Carmelo Anthony put on a one-man show in the third term. He poured in 18 points including five three-pointers to give Team USA a 119:62 lead with one quarter remaining. USA never looked back en route to a mesmerizing record-breaking win at the end. Russell Westbrook (191-PG-88, college: UCLA) notched 21 points, while Kobe Bryant added 16 points in the winning case. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Nigeria. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) had 11 points in the loss.

Argentina - Tunisia 92-69
Argentina fired past Tunisia for the second win in London. Trailing by 14 points by the end of the opening quarter Argentina woke up in the next quarters to seal the victory. Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points to lead the Latin American team. Tunisia fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Tunisia shocked their opponents in the starting frame. The African champions exploded with 28 points to take a 14-point lead. Argentina tipped off the second frame on a 15:0 run to surge ahead. But Tunisia refused to give that early knotting things up at 40 after twenty minutes. Emanuel Ginobili, Campazzo and Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) connected from beyond the arc in the third term to give Argentina a 49:40 lead early in the third stanza. The Latin American team ensured a 71:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Argentina quickly boosted the lead to 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Luis Scola posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Carlos Delfino netted 21 points for the winners. Salah Mejri answered with 19 points and 14 boards for Tunisia. Mourad El Mabrouk (185-SG-86) had 16 points in the loss.

France - Lithuania 82-74
France recorded the second straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They defeated Lithuania to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Lithuania fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 27 points to pace Les Bleus. France scored 25 points in a high-flying first quarter to take a 4-point lead. Lithuania however took over in the second period. They capped the half on an 8:2 run to take a 43:39 halftime advantage. France responded with a 5:0 spurt at the start of the second half to retain the lead. France ignited a 10:3 rally late in the period to enter the final stanza up by 7 points 59:52. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88), Seraphin and Boris Diaw stretched the lead to 11 points early in the final quarter. Lithuania got back within 6 points late in regulation but Nando De Colo and Tony Parker sealed the victory for France. Nicolas Batum posted 21 points, while Boris Diaw added 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius added 15 points in the loss.

Group B
Brazil - Russia 74-75
Russia earned the third straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They snatched a thrilling victory over Brazil. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) drained a late three-pointer to propel Russia to the win. Brazil fell at 2-1 record in Group B after the loss. Brazil ensured a confident start to the game. The Latin American team gained a 20:15 lead at the first intermission. However Andrei Kirilenko knocked donw 15 points in the second quarter to put Russian in front 40:32 at halftime. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) gave Russia a double-digit lead at the start of the third quarter. They kept Brazil at distance posting a 59:53 lead at the final intermission. But the Latin American team denied the deficit in the fourth stanza. Nene Hilario tipped off a 6:0 run that tied things up at 63. Soon Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) gave Brazil a 72:67 lead. But Alexey Shved knocked down five points in a row to narrow the deficit. Marcelinho Huertas made it 74:72 for Brazil however Vitaly Vitaliy Fridzon dropped a killer bomb and sealed the victory for David Blatt's team. Andrei Kirilenko accounted for 19 points, while Timofey Mozgov added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Leandrinho Barbosa answered with 16 points for Brazil. Larry Taylor netted 12 points in the loss.

Spain - United Kingdom 79-78
Spain registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. This one did not come easily as the European champions met a fierce opposition from the hosts. Great Britain challenged Spain before losing by a single point at the end. Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) finished with 19 points to keep Spain perfect. Great Britain slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with six points in a row to set the tone. They gained a 22:11 lead soon before allowing Great Britain to cut it to 9 points at the first break 15:24. Spain stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They accumulated a 37:29 halftime advantage. Rudy Fernandez and Ibaka gave Spain a 54:41 lead midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 12 points 60:48. However Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) knocked down 8 points in a row for Great Britain midway through the final stanza to put Great Britain within 6. Joel Freeland and Luol Deng trimmed the distance to 3 points with just over three minutes remaining 65:68. Jose Manuel Calderon made it 75:69 with 39 seconds to go. But Clark drained a triple to keep intrigue alive. Jose Manuel Calderon hit four free throws, while Reinking and Luol Deng dropped two bombs from behind the arc to cut the distance to a single point 78:79. However Great Britain failed to foul any Spanish player in the dying seconds and they got away with victory. Pau Gasol posted 17 points, while Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points for the winners. Luol Deng replied with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Great Britain. Joel Freeland netted 25 points in the loss.

Australia - China 81-61
Australia recover from the first two losses celebrating the initial victory at Olympics 2012. The team grabbed 81:61 win over China for 1-2 record in Group B. The Asian team meanwhile fell at 0-3 record on the bottom of the group. Both teams entered the game winless and struggled for the first win. China managed to produce 22-21 in the first period but failed in the second quarter. Australia erupted with 28-11 in the end of the first half to take 49:33 advantage. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) opened the third period for 51:33, while China reduced to 10 points after an 8-0 run. Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) nailed three for 51:41 and then Chen Jianghua scored for 55:46. That was however the closest gap they could come up with. Australia added massive 20-9 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Patrick Mills top-scored for the winners with 20 points and David Andersen nailed 17. Joe Ingles notched 13, whilst Aron Baynes delivered 8. Wang ShiPeng ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Jianlian Yi collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Chen Jianghua scored 10, while Liu had 9.


Day 2 of Olympic tournament in London - Aug 1, 2012

Group A
France - Argentina 71-64
France opened win count at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Argentina to improve at 1-1 record. Argentina in the meantime suffered the first defeat and slipped at 1-1 record. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) nailed 17 points to lead the charge. France surged ahead in the opening quarter. They posted a 19:12 lead ten minutes into the game. Argentina quickly denied the deficit in the second quarter. France however did not allow the Latin American team to spur ahead staying in front. Les Bleus accounted for a 32:29 halftime lead. Luis Luis Scola and Prigioni finally gave Argentina a 43:42 lead midway through the third term. But Mickael Gelabale (201-SF-83, agency: Court Side) answered with a three-pointer and France rolled to a 55:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Tony Parker triggered a 7:0 run from Les Bleus as they gained a 67:58 advantage with just over three minutes remaining. Seraphin and Tony Parker accounted for four points in the dying minutes and France survived the challenge to celebrate victory at the end. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88) posted 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists, while Mickael Gelabale added 13 points for the winning side. Emanuel Ginobili responded with 26 points for Argentina. Luis Scola had 16 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Lithuania - Nigeria 72-53
The Baltic State cruise past Nigeria at Olympics 2012 tournament. The Lithuanian team celebrated a 72:53 and improved to 1-1 record. The African side suffered their first loss and also with 1-1 record in Group A. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) and Aminu exchanged the early baskets, while Darius Songaila (204-C/F-78, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) closed the first period at 14:8. Lithuania dominated the second frame as well and after 20-19 reached 34:27. JASAITIS scored for 41:30 and Kaukenas increased to 45:31. A strong end of the period allowed the European team to taste 56:40 after three quarters. Lithuania added 16-13 in the last period to seal the initial victory. Darius Songaila top-scored for the winners with 12 points, while Linas Kleiza notched 11. Kaukenas poured in 10, whilst JASIKEVICIUS had 9 points and 9 assists. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) and Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) replied with 12 points each in the losing effort and combined for 21 rebounds.



USA - Tunisia 110:63
USA earned the second win at the Olympic basketball tournament. They knocked down Tunisia in Group A for 2-0 record. Tunisia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Kevin Love (208-PF-88, college: UCLA) and Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) came up with 16 points each to lead the winners.
The African champions quite unexpectedly managed to stay close throughout the opening quarter. They trailed by just 6 points 21:15. Tunisia tried to stay within reachable distance throughout the second quarter. Team USA however managed to take a 46:33 halftime lead. USA tipped off the second half with 10 points in a row. They gained the tempo and raced to a comfortable 85:47 lead with ten minutes remaining. Team USA never looked back in the final quarter rolling to a confident victory at the end.
Kevin Durant finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds, while Anthony Davis (208-C-93, college: Kentucky) added 12 points for the winning side. Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) delivered 22 points and 11 rebounds for Tunisia. Mohamed Hadidane had 11 points in the loss.

Group B
United Kingdom - Brazil 62-67
The Great Britain put up a courageous performance on Tuesday night, but lost to Brazil 62:67 at the Olympic Basketball Arena in London. The Brazilian team improved to 2-0 record, while the hosts fell at 0-2. It was a great start of the home side that erupted with the defensive 11-4 lead and limited the guests only to 2 successful shots. Brazil woke up in the second frame and replied with 23-16 for 27:27 at the halftime. The teams were tied three times in the third period, while Barbosa and Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) closed the frame at 48:43. Nathan Reinking (188-G-73, college: Kent St.) nailed three early in the fourth period for 51:50 and Deng made 57:56 midway through the period. Brazil however managed to win the game as they dominated the end of the quarter. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Marcelinho Huertas (191-PG-83, agency: Edge Sports) notched 13. Anderson Varejao and VIEIRA followed them with 8 points apiece. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) and Nathan Reinking poured in 13 points each in the losing effort. Deng notched 12, while Clark finished the night with 9.

China - Russia 54-73
Russia claimed the second straight win at the start of Olympig Games basketball tournament in London. They denied China for 2-0 record in Group B. China fell at 0-2 record after the defeat. Russia gained control midway through the first term. David Blatt team piled up a 20:12 lead after ten minutes. Russia stayed in full control throughout the second quarter. They posted a 40:25 halftime advantage. Things did not get any better for China in the third quarter. Russia stayed in charge stretching the margin. They accumulated a 22-point lead heading into the fourth frame. China managed to slow down Russia a bit in the final quarter but could not avoid an embarrassing loss at the end. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds for Russia. Alexey Shved added 14 points and 6 assists, while Sasha Kaun (211-C-85) added 13 points for the winners. Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for China. Yi Li had 9 points in the loss.

Australia - Spain 70-82
Spain clinched the second straight win at the 2012 Olympic Games. They fired past Australia to improve at 2-0 record in Group B. Australia fell at 0-2 record after the loss. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 20 points to lead the charge. Australia opened the game with an aggressive defence. They capitalized taking an early lead. The Boomers posted a 19:14 advantage after ten minutes. However Spain used a 9:0 run midway through the second term to pull in front 26:21. Spain capped the first half leading by five points 37:32. Spain tipped off the second half with 10:0 run to clear off. They unloaded 26 points in the third term to ensure a 21-point lead before the final quarter. Australia tried to stay in the game till the final buzzer. They narrowed the deficit at 10-point mark before losing at the end. Rudy Fernandez (198-SF-85) scored 17 points, while Marc Gasol provided 12 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Joe Ingles (203-SF-87, agency: Priority Sports) and Brad Newley (199-F/G-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points each for the Boomers. Patrick Mills had 11 points in the loss.


Day One of the Olympic Games in London - Jul 30, 2012

Group A
Argentina - Lithuania 102-79
Argentina earned the opening win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. Luis Scola (204-PF-80) scored 32 points to lead the Latin American team past Lithuania. Argentina confidently started the game. Three-pointers from Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) and Prigioni set the tone. Lithuania soon got things going as well. The teams eagerly exchange baskets throughout intense first quarter. Argentina eked out a 24:23 lead at the first break. The Latin American side increased the tempo in the second quarter. A barrage of three-pointers from Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) helped Argentina accumulate a 51:39 halftime advantage. Argentina stayed on fire from behind the arc in the third quarter. Luis Scola executed well inside the paint helping Argentina take a 17-point lead at the final intermission. Lithuania stood no chance in the final quarter as Argentina stayed calm and determined in the final period. Emanuel Ginobili posted 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 assists, while Carlos Delfino added 20 points for the winners. Linas Kleiza answered with 20 points and 7 boards for Lithuania. Paulius Jankunas had 14 points in defeat.

USA - France 98-71
USA claimed the opening win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They knocked down France in London. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) scored 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds to pace the winners. USA and France stayed close throughout the opening frame. The North American side managed a one-point lead at the first break 22:21. Team USA shifted the gear in the second quarter. They ignited an 11:0 run to clear off. USA capped the first half with four points in a row to take a 52:36 halftime lead. Chandler gave USA a 60:38 lead early in the third term. They maintained it posting a 78:51 cushion heading into the fourth stanza. Kevin Durant and Kevin Love ensured an 82:53 lead early in the final period and Team USA cruised to the victory from there on. Kevin Love posted 14 points, while Kobe Bryant (198-SG-78) finished with 10 points for Team USA. Ali Traore answered with 12 points for France. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) had 10 points in the loss.

Nigeria - Tunisia 60-56
Nigeria win the African battle in the opener of the Olympics 2012. The surprising team after the Qualifying Tournament overcame Tunisia 60:56 in the first game. Derrick Obasohan (198-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) scored the first points at the tournament as Nigeria won the opening tip 8-0. Oguchi brought 17:7 and Aminu closed the first period for plus 11. Nigeria continued their dominance and added 13-8 in the second frame for 31:15 at the halftime. The second half however belonged to Tunisia. The latter bounced back with 16-14 in the third period and reduced to 14 points with 10 minutes to go. Moreover they erupted with 25-15 in the last stanza but could not safe the game. Derrick Obasohan and Aminu brought the last points from the free throw line for the final success. Alade Aminu (210-C-87, college: Georgia Tech) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) netted 13. Al-Farouq Aminu (206-F-90, college: Wake Forest) poured in 10, whilst Skinn added 7. RZIG replied with 18 points in the losing effort and Macram Ben Romdhane (204-PF-89, agency: Prossin Sports Management) collected 12 points and 12 rebounds. KECHRID delivered also 12 points in defeat.

Group B
Russia - United Kingdom 95-75
Russia storm to victory in opener of the Olympics 2012. The team overcame the host of the campaign 95:75 in London. Russia opened the game with 24-19 and erupted with 25-15 in the second frame. Great Britain seemed to play better in the third period and reduced the gap to 13 points with 10 minutes to go. Russia however did not allow the opponents to come closer and dominated the end of the game. Kirilenko nailed a three-pointer for 81:62, while Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) brought 83:64 on the board. Antonov poured in two for 87:66 and Kaun scored for 89:70. Sergey Monya increased the lead to 22 points and Freeland reduced to 92:72. Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: G.Washington) cut it to 92:75, while Khvostov closed the game at 95:75. Andrei Kirilenko (209-F-81) exploded with 35 points for the winners and Shved collected 16 points and 13 assists. Vitaliy Fridzon poured in 14, while Timofey Mozgov added 9. Luol Deng and Pops Mensah-Bonsu combined for 48 points in the losing effort and Joel Freeland added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Spain - China 97-81
Spain recorded the first win at the Olympic Games tournament. They outgunned China in Group B opener for both teams. Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) scored 21 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the winners. Spain led by just two points after the starting quarter. They entered the second term 19:17 ahead. The European side exploded with 34 points in the second quarter. They established a comfortable 53:41 halftime lead. China got within 7 points on several occasions in the third term but Spain managed to post a 69:60 lead at the final break. Spain stretched the gap to double digits early in the final frame and cruised to the victory at the end. Serge Ibaka accounted for 17 points, while Juan Carlos Navarro posted 14 points in the win. Jianlian Yi (212-PF-87) answered with 30 points and 12 rebounds for China. Wang ZhiZhi (215-C-77) had 15 points in the loss.

Brazil - Australia 75-71
Brazil won over Australia in London in the opener of Group B at Olympics 2012. The Brazilian team outscored Australia 75:71 at the Basketball Arena. Although Australia won the opening period 20-19, they could not stay tough against the opponents. Brazil replied with 17-15 in the second period and took 36:35 at the halftime. Later on Brazil dominated the court starting the third period with 6-0 run. BARBOSA scored for 52:39, while Australia cut it to 52:47 after an 8-0 run. Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) again increased to 10 points early in the fourth and he later scored for 67:62. Ingles reduced to 73:71, but Huertas was perfect from the free throw line at the end of the game. BARBOSA top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Huertas collected 15 points and 10 assists. Anderson Varejao nailed 12, while Hilario posted 8. Mills ended up with 20 points in the losing effort and Ingles notched 15. Andersen poured in 14, while Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) delivered 10.



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