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LONDON (AP) - Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to lead Russia to a 73-54 win over China Tuesday in the men's Olympic 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 took care of 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.
Timberwolves 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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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...
Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds in Russia's win over China.
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