Rudy Fernandez Impressive In Victory Over Greece

Portland Trailblazers signee Rudy Fernandez scored a game-high 16 points and Pau Gasol added 11 to send Spain to an 81-66 win over Greece in their Beijing Olympics Group B opener Sunday.

The teams, who met in the final of the 2006 World Championships in Japan, where Spain prevailed 70-47, remained close through the second quarter. But Spain went on a 13-0 run in the third, quieting the singing, bass drum-banging Greek fans in the new, 18,000-seat Beijing Olympic Basketball Stadium.

The former European champion runners-up closed to within 10 points, but Spain held on for the comfortable win.

Greece shot just 11 of 24 free throws, while Spain missed only three of 25.

New York Times

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