Russia beats Britain 95-75 in Olympic basketball

Andrei Kirilenko, heading back to the NBA, scored 35 points to

help Russia spoil Britain’s return to Olympic men’s basketball with

a 95-75 victory Sunday.

Kirilenko, who played last season in Russia after spending 10

seasons with the Utah Jazz, signed a two-year, $20 million contract

with the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Long a top defender, he

showed an expanded offensive game, making 14 of 17 shots.

Alexey Shved, also Minnesota bound, added 16 points and 13

assists for the Russians, who wore down the hosts with their

physical defensive pressure.

Luol Deng scored 26 for Britain, making its first appearance in

the field since hosting the Olympics in 1948. The Chicago All-Star

made the first basket of the game, drawing a huge cheer from the

home crowd, and former NBA player Pops Mensah-Bonsu added 22, but

the British were 4 of 26 from 3-point range.