LONDON (AP) -- Dismissed entering the Olympics, Russia can no longer be ignored.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrei Kirilenko scored 19 points and Timofey Mozgov added 17 as Russia, not considered a strong medal contender before arriving in England, moved into the semifinals of the men's basketball tournament with an 83-74 win over Lithuania on Wednesday.
The Russians were given little chance of being among the tournament's final four teams, but they'll play the France-Spain quarterfinal winner in Friday's semis -- one win from a shot at gold.
Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved added four points on just two-of-12 shooting, only the second time in the Olympics he hasn't scored in double figures.
After trailing by 14, Lithuania was within six in the fourth when Sergei Monya hit a 3-pointer for Russia, and Kirilenko, who signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Timberwolves this summer, converted a three-point play with 1:42 remaining.
Lithuania, which lost by only five p...