Nowitzki, Germany nip Brazil in warmup game

Updated: August 12, 2006, 4:50 PM ET
Associated Press

NANJING, China -- Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points to lead Germany to a 76-75 win Saturday over Brazil in a world championships warmup.

Cleveland Cavaliers center Anderson Verejao had 25 points for Brazil. Nowitzki, the Dallas Mavericks star, added 16 rebounds.

In the earlier game, Tony Parker led France back from a first half deficit to down European champions Greece 72-68. The San Antonio Spurs guard had six points and three assists.

In Singapore, Spain defeated defending world champion Serbia and Montenegro 80-65. Argentina, the 2004 Athens gold medalists, beat Slovenia 94-72.

In Seoul, Turkey upset Italy 69-64 and Lithuania edged South Korea 83-81 in another warmup to the World Championships that start Aug. 19 in Japan.

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