The Minnesota Timberwolves have had very solid representation in the 2012 London Olympics thus far, with Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved providing some stellar play with Russia's basketball team. Russia's first game was a blowout win over Great Britain in which Kirilenko scored 35 points and Shved added 16 of his own. Both added 16 and 14 points respectively in their second game, against China - another win.
Game 3 was an intense affair against Brazil, and once again, Kirilenko and Shved were the star players. Brazil took a 20-15 lead into the second quarter, but were out-scored in that frame 25-12. That second quarter was the deciding factor, as Brazil won the third and fourth quarters as well, albeit by small margins. Russia still was able to take the win, and they did it in exciting fashion.
Shved moved the ball inbounds to Vitaly Fridzon, who sunk a three pointer with one second left to put Russia ahead. The final score was 75-74 in favor of Russia.
Kirlenko shot 5-for-9 with a three pointer and made eight free throws out of 13. He accounted for 19 points overall, while Shved scored 17 points. Shved made 7-for-15 with two of his seven three-pointers. Timofey Mozgov had 18 points in Russia's win, as well.
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