LONDON (AP) – Andrei Kirilenko scored 16 points to lead Russia to a 73-54 win over China Tuesday in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament.
Kirilenko, who signed a two-year, $20 million deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves last week, also had nine rebounds as Russia (2-0) easily took care of China its second defeat in Group B. The former Utah Jazz standout is averaging 25.5 points in Russia’s first two games.
Russia went on a 10-0 run to open a 20-10 lead and was never really challenged the rest of the game.
Timberwolves guard Alexey Shved finished with 14 points for Russia and center Sasha Kaun added 13.
Yi Jianlian, a forward with the Washington Wizards, had 16 points and seven rebounds and was the only China (0-2) player to score in double figures.
Russia pounded China on the boards and finished with a 46-29 rebounding advantage.