Brazil beats Australia 75-71 in men’s basketball

Leandro Barbosa scored 16 points and Brazil held on to beat

Australia 75-71 Sunday in the Olympic men’s basketball opener for

both teams.

Brazil had a one-point lead at halftime, but opened the third

quarter with a 10-2 run and extend its lead to 11.

Then David Andersen got on a roll and helped Australia get back

in the game.

The former NBA forward scored all of his 14 points in the second

half and Australia battled back to within two – 73-71 – on Joe

Ingles’ basket with 29 seconds left.

Brazil let the clock wind down and Australia was called for kick

ball – which reset the shot clock. The Australians were then forced

to foul Brazil captain Marcelinho Huertas, who hit two free throws

to seal the victory with five seconds left.

Patty Mills, re-signed by the San Antonio Spurs earlier this

month, finished with a game-high 20 points for Australia.