World basketball

Lithuania, Argentina in quarters

Associated Press / September 8, 2010

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Linas Kleiza scored 30 points to help send Lithuania into the quarterfinals of the world championships with a 78-67 win over China in Istanbul.

China jumped out to a 16-5 lead, but Lithuania used a 16-2 run in the second quarter to go ahead, 36-31, with 3:20 left.

A 16-3 run put Lithuania up, 64-51, entering the fourth quarter. China came within 67-62 with 5:10 left, but Kleiza scored 10 straight points to put the game away.

Liu Wei scored 21 points for China, while Yi Jianlian of the Washington Wizards added 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Lithuania was one of three teams that went undefeated through five preliminary round games.

Argentina 93, Brazil 89 — Luis Scola of the Houston Rockets scored 37 points, carrying Argentina past Brazil and into a quarterfinal game against Lithuania.

Scola, the tournament’s leading scorer, had 10 of Argentina’s final 12 points.

Carlos Delfino of the Milwaukee Bucks added 20 points and Hernan Jasen scored 8 of his 15 in the fourth quarter.

Marcelo Huertas scored 32 and Leandro Barbosa added 20 for Brazil, which lost to the US, 70-68, and dropped its third close game. Brazil coach Ruben Magnano led Argentina to a gold medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Argentina was without the Spurs’ Manu Ginobili and the Sixers’ Andres Nocioni. It was in danger of elimination before the semis for the first time since missing the 2000 Olympics.

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