Posted Aug 29 2010 3:43PM
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Vassilis Spanoulis scored 28 points to lead Greece to an 83-80 victory over Puerto Rico on Sunday in the opening round of the basketball world championship.
Kostas Tsartsaris added 14 points for Greece (2-0) in the game that saw four lead changes and three ties in the fourth quarter alone.
Juan Jose Barea, who plays for the Dallas Mavericks, had 20 points for Puerto Rico (0-2), which lost 75-66 to Russia in the tournament opener.
Greece took the lead for good at 76-75 on two free throws by Spanoulis with 2:38 to play.
Greece had a decided edge at the free throw line going 20 of 33 while Puerto Rico was 9 of 18.
Anderson Varejao fights for the rebound and comes down awkwardly on his left leg and would sustain a leg injury.
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