Kirilenko leads Russia over China

Associated Press  |  Last updated July 31, 2012
Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to lead Russia to a 73-54 win over China on Tuesday in the Olympic men's basketball tournament. Kirilenko, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, also had nine rebounds as Russia (2-0) easily handed China its second defeat in Group B. The former Utah Jazz standout is averaging 25.5 points in Russia's first two games. Russia went on a 10-0 run to open a 20-10 lead and was never really challenged the rest of the game. Guard Alexey Shved finished with 14 points for Russia, and center Sasha Kaun added 13. Yi Jianlian, a forward with the Washington Wizards, had 16 points and seven rebounds and was the only China (0-2) player to score in double figures. Russia pounded China on the boards and finished with a 46-29 rebounding advantage.
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