Leandro Barbosa leads Brazil to win
Leandro Barbosa scored 21 points and Brazil beat Tunisia 80-65 on Sunday to set up a matchup of unbeatens with the United States at the world basketball championship.
The Brazilians and Americans will bring 2-0 records into their game Monday night, with the winner having the inside track as the top seed from Group B.
Brazil (2-0) may have been looking ahead to that game, because it kept letting winless Tunisia back in this one after building a 16-point lead in the first half.
Barbosa scored 16 points in the first quarter -- as many as Tunisia's team -- after the Toronto guard got a flurry of fast-break baskets late in the period. But it was a single-digit game in the final minute of the third period before Brazil pulled away again.
Forward Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers rested his sprained right ankle again but is expected to play against the Americans. Varejao, who was hurt during a recent exhibition game in Spain, was in uniform and lightly shot around during pregame before taking his seat on the bench.
The Brazilians haven't needed him, opening the tournament against Iran and Tunisia, Group B's two winless teams.
Tiago Splitter, Brazil's other top big man, added 16 points and Marcelo Machado scored 13.
Marouan Kechrid had 15 points for Tunisia (0-2) and Radhouane Slimane added 14 on 3-of-12 shooting.
Spain 101, New Zealand 85
Spain, the defending champion at the basketball world championship, bounced back from its opening-day loss to France.
Ricky Rubio had 11 assists for Spain (1-1), which opened the game on a 13-3 run, finished 10 of 20 from 3-point range and 21 of 25 at the free throw line.
Kirk Penney scored 21 points to lead New Zealand (0-2).
Germany 82, Serbia 81, 2OT
Jan-Hendrik Jagla hit a desperation 3-pointer to beat the shot clock in the second overtime and Germany held on to beat Serbia.
Milenko Tepic of Serbia missed a layup with 3 seconds left in the second overtime.
Jagla finished with 22 points and nine rebounds for Germany (1-1), which lost 78-74 to Argentina in its opening game.
Kosta Perovic had 20 points for Serbia (1-1), which played again without two of its top players.
Nenad Krstic and Milos Teodosic were suspended before the tournament for their actions in a brawl in an exhibition game with Greece on Aug. 19. Krstic, who threw a chair during the melee still has one game left on his suspension while Teodosic served his two-game suspension.
Serbia tied the game at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Aleksandar Rasic hit a 3 with 19 seconds left in regulation to make it 69-69.
Perovic made the second of two free throws with 1:06 left in the first overtime to make it 73-73.
Jagla hit his desperation 3 with 1:03 to play and gave Serbia an 82-77 lead. Tepic and Rasic made two free throws each to make it a one-point game before Tepic missed a shot in the lane with 3 seconds to go.
Argentina 74, Australia 72
Pablo Prigioni hit a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left and Luis Scola converted two late free throws as Argentina escaped with another close victory at the basketball world championships.
Adam Gibson missed a last-second 3-point attempt for Australia (1-1).
Scola finished with 31 points for Argentina (2-0), the team ranked No. 1 in FIBA world rankings.
Argentina edged Germany 78-74 in its opener.
Joe Ingles scored 22 points for Australia and Patty Mills added 21.
Mills hit a 3-pointer with 53 seconds left to tie the game at 69. Prigioni, who finished with nine points, broke the tie 20 seconds later.
France 86, Lebanon 59
Mickael Gelabale scored 18 points and Alain Koffi added 17 as France improved to 2-0.
France, which upset defending champion Spain 72-66 in its opener, broke this game open with a 10-0 run in the second quarter that gave it a 30-20 lead.
Jackson Vroman led Lebanon (1-1) with 19 points.
The game was delayed for over 15 minutes with 5:07 left in the second quarter after France's Nicolas Batum, who plays for the Portland Trail Blazers, dunked and twisted the rim. Volunteers and officials scrambled to put a new rim on the basket and reattach a net.
Just after play resumed, with France leading 36-22, Koffi went to power dunk on the new rim, but was blocked by Vroman.
China 83, Ivory Coast 73
Yi Jianlian scored 26 points to lead China to its first preliminary round win.
Wang Shipeng added 25 points for China (1-1), which held a comfortable lead throughout the second half. The 7-foot Yi and the 6-6 Wang gave China an advantage inside.
Mouloukou Diabate had 20 points for Ivory Coast (0-2), which lost 86-47 to host Turkey in the tournament opener.
Wang opened the second half with a 3-pointer to give China a 44-33 lead. Diabate's 3-pointer with 1:09 to play brought Ivory Coast within 80-73 but China closed the game by going 3 of 4 from the free throw line.
China, playing without injured NBA All-Star Yao Ming, bounced back from an 88-81 opening loss to Greece.
Turkey 65, Russia 56
Turkey led 33-22 at halftime after holding Russia to seven points in the second quarter.
Sasha Kaun and Sergey Monya scored 13 points each for Russia (1-1), which finished 17 for 53 from the field (32. percent), including an 8-for-28 effort from 3-point range.
Turkey led 48-37 after three quarters and Russia got no closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Greece 83, Puerto Rico 80
Vassilis Spanoulis scored 28 points to lead Greece to an opening-round victory.
Kostas Tsartsaris added 14 points for Greece (2-0) in the game that saw four lead changes and three ties in the fourth quarter alone.
Greece took the lead for good at 76-75 on two free throws by Spanoulis with 2:38 to play.
Greece had a decided edge at the free throw line, going 20 of 33 while Puerto Rico was 9 of 18.
Lithuania 70, Canada 68
Linas Kleiza had 18 points and 10 rebounds for Lithuania (2-0), which rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half.
Jermaine Anderson missed a last-second 3-pointer for Canada (0-2).
Lithuania used a 24-3 run to wipe out the 56-39 deficit with 5:19 to play in the third quarter. Tomas Delininkaitis' 3-pointer from the corner early in the fourth quarter gave Lithuania its first lead, 58-57.
Croatia 75, Iran 54
Roko Ukic and Bojan Bogdanovic both scored 13 points, and Croatia easily withstood Iran's one-man show.
Ante Tomic finished with 12 points for Croatia (1-1), which lost 106-78 to the United States on Saturday.
The Croatians pulled away with an early 11-0 run and led by as many as 22 points in the first half.
Angola 79, Jordan 65
Miguel Lutonda had 16 points and Angola, which lost by 50 points in its opening game, bounced back to beat Jordan.
Angola (1-1) lost 94-44 to Serbia on Saturday.
Jordan (0-2), which was coming off a 76-75 loss to Australia in its opener, got within 59-55 on a 3-pointer by Mousa Alawadi with 4:38 to play. Lutonda answered with a 3 29 seconds later and Jordan got no closer.
Rasheim Wright had 18 points for Jordan, while Zaid Abbaas had 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
2010 FIBA World Championship
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