Posted August 02, 2012 on AP on Fox
Down two with seconds to play, Russia kept things simple. ''The coach told me if I was open, shoot it. So I shot it,'' Vitaliy Fridzon said. And he made it. Fridzon's 3-pointer with four seconds left gave Russia a 75-74 victory over Brazil on Thursday in the best game of the Olympic men's basketball tournament so far. The Russians blew an 11-point lead and Marcelo Huertas looked like he would be the hero after his driving layup put Brazil up 74-72 with 6.1 seconds left. But Russia called timeout and threw the ball along the left corner to Fridzon, who knocked down the jumper while appearing to have his leg hit as he was shooting. ''It was an excellent shot,'' Russia guard Alexey Shved said. ''Maybe it was a foul, but the referee didn't call it. He is the best shooter on our team.'' The Russians apparently had never run the play that led to the game-winner on just the third shot of the game for Fridzon. ''I wen...
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