Kalnietis leads Lithuania to 82-76 win over Brazil
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Mantas Kalnietis scored 16 as Lithuania held on for an 82-76 win over Brazil after surviving a furious comeback from the host country.
Lithuania jumped out to a 30-point lead in the second quarter and shooting a blistering 72 percent in the first half, including 6 of 9 3-pointers.
Leandro Barbosa played with constant energy in the second half, a trademark of the NBA champion’s game. He scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter, awakening the home crowd and creating a rollicking atmosphere down the stretch as the Brazilians sung and chanted in the stands.
Brazil picked up the defense and cut the lead to four late, but couldn’t complete the rally.
Paulius Jankunas finished with 15 for Lithuania and Domantas Sabonis chipped in 10.
Raul Neto had 14 for Brazil and Nene Hilario added 11.