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July 30, 2012

U.S. men's basketball team cruises

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LONDON (AP) — Argentina 102,

Lithuania 79

LONDON (AP) — Luis Scola scored 32 points, Manu Ginobili flirted with a triple-double to help Argentina get started on its quest for a third straight Olympic men’s basketball medal with a victory over Lithuania last night.

Carlos Delfino finished with 20 points for the Argentines in a rematch of their 87-75 victory over Lithuania in the bronze-medal game four years ago in Beijing.

Russia 95,

Britain 75

LONDON (AP) — Andrei Kirilenko, heading back to the NBA, scored 35 points to help Russia spoil Britain’s return to Olympic men’s basketball with a victory yesterday.

Spain 97,

China 81

LONDON (AP) — Pau Gasol had 21 points and 11 rebounds to lead Spain to a victory over China yesterday in the Olympic men’s basketball opener for both teams.

Brazil 75,

Australia 71

LONDON (AP) — Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points and Brazil held on to beat Australia yesterday in the Olympic men’s basketball opener for both teams.

Brazil opened the third quarter with a 10-2 run and extend its lead to 11.

Nigeria 60,

Tunisia 56

LONDON (AP) — Al-Farouq Aminu had 15 points to help Nigeria hold off a second-half rally by Tunisia in the first game of the men’s Olympic basketball tournament yesterday with a narrow victory.

Nigeria held Tunisia to 15 points in the first half and held a 16-point halftime lead.

They led by as many as 19 and seemed in control of the game.

Tunisia, however, began the second half with a 10-2 run and closed the gap to two points late in the game.

But Aminu, who plays for the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets, made of one of two free throws to seal the victory with 11 seconds remaining.

Amine Rzig scored 15 of his 18 points in the second-half to lead Tunisia in the Group A game.

It was the Olympic debut for both teams in men’s basketball.

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