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With 26 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Russia and Brazil were tied at 72 points. Brazilian guard Marcelinho Huertas, who had sat nine minutes of the fourth quarter, drove down the left lane with two defenders on him and made a circus layup to give the Brazilians a 74-72 lead with 6 seconds remaining.
With one last chance to tie or take the lead, Aleksey Shved delivered a pass from out-of-bounds to Vitaliy Fridzon in the left corner. Leandro Barbosa was guarding Fridzon, but even after Barbosa dove to block Fridzon, the shot was already in the air and as it pierced through the net, the game was essentially over. Russia remained undefeated in Olympic Group B pool play with a 75-74 victory over Brazil.
Brazil was led by Barbosa (16 points) and Larry Taylor (12 points); but on a day when Brazil’s main weapons Huertas (8 points) and San Antonio Spurs forward Tiago Splitter (8 points) struggled, Russia’s stars shined as Andrei Kirilenko led Russia with 19 points, Denver Nugget...
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Tiago Splitter scored 21 points to help Brazil escape with an unexpectedly close 67-62 win over host Great Britain in the Olympic men's basketball tournament on Tuesday.
Britain came close to winning its first Olympic game since 1948, but Splitter, who plays with the San Antonio Spurs, hit a key layup off a pinpoint pass in traffic from Marcelinho Huertas to make it 65-59.
Tiago Splitter scored a game-high 21 points while also finishing with six rebounds to lead Brazil.
Timofey Mozgov made the tiebreaking dunk with 18 seconds left, Vitaliy Fridzon scored 24 points and unbeaten Russia edged Spain 77-74 on Saturday and take first place in Group B of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.
Russia now also avoids the United States -- if the Americans win Group A as expected -- until the gold-medal game if both teams advance in the medal round...
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...
Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to go with nine rebounds in Russia's win over China.
Vitaliy Fridzon's 3-pointer with four seconds left gave Russia a 75-74 victory over Brazil, keeping the Russians unbeaten in the Olympic men's basketball tournament.
The Russians blew an 11-point lead, falling behind 74-72 on Marcelo Huertas' layup with 6.1 seconds left. Russia called timeout and threw the ball into Fridzon along the left corner, who knocked down the...
Timofey Mozgov had 18 points on 8-for-9 shooting and seven rebounds for Russia.
Russia pulled out a big win over Spain and also avoided a potential matchup with the heavily favored United States until the gold medal game.
Timofey Mozgov made the tiebreaking dunk with 18 seconds left, Vitaliy Fridzon scored 24 points and unbeaten Russia edged Spain 77-74 on Saturday to take first place in Group B of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.
Russia now could...
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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...
Just two games into Group B play, a separation is already forming between the potential medal contenders and the teams that likely won't be standing on the podium.
Still, Russia coach David Blatt is not going to overlook any opponent. That's probably a good idea with Brazil on Thursday's schedule.
With two of the five preliminary round games completed, Russia, Brazil...