Australia beats Russia 82-80 at Olympics

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Aug. 06, 2012 13:17
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Australia's Matt Nielsen reaches to block as Russia's Timofey Mozgov drives to the basket during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, Aug. 6, 2012, in London.
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LONDON — Patty Mills hit a 3-pointer in the last second to give Australia an 82-80 win over Russia in the men's Olympic basketball tournament on Monday.

The win meant little, however, with Russia (4-1) assured of top spot in Group B and Australia (3-2) sure to finish fourth and scheduled to face the heavily favored United States team in the quarterfinals Wednesday.

Australia led for most of the game but Andrei Kirilenko had a three-point play and Mills missed a 3-pointer with less than a minute to play. Vitaliy Fridzon made two free throws with four seconds on the clock to put Russia up 80-79.

But Mills got the ball at the top of the key and sank his winner.

Sasha Kaun led Russia with 18, and Alexey Shved and Kirilenko had 13 each. Kirilenko sat out the final minute with a cut above the left eye.


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