Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Nowitzki and Germans win another

ATHENS -- Germany put paid to a gritty New Zealand on Wednesday night and provided plenty of evidence that one of the three spots for the Beijing Games could be theirs by the end of the week.

Dirk Nowitzki had 35 points while new national team center Chris Kaman scored 20 in an 89-71 triumph to secure first place in Group B.

New Zealand will now have to take on the winners of Group A in the quarter-finals and that means a likely quarter-final showdown against tournament hosts Greece, who were hosting Brazil in Wednesday's last game.

The Germans will take on the losers of that contest.

Read the rest of this game recap at FIBA's tourney website.

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