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Australia thumps China in men's hoops

Patty Mills scored 29 points and David Andersen added 17, leading Australia to an 81-61 victory over China in men's basketball.

Joe Ingles contributed 13 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for the Aussies, who picked up their first win of the tournament after losing to Brazil and Spain.

Wang Shipeng made 7-of-10 three-pointers and scored 21 points to lead China, while Yi Jianlian chipped in 13 points and 12 rebounds in defeat before exiting the contest with a knee injury. The Chinese, who shot just 29 percent from inside the three-point arc, have lost their three games by an average of 18.3 points.

A three by Wang gave China an 18-10 edge late in the first quarter, but Andersen and Mills each hit from long distance in an 8-0 run that quickly tied it. Australia trailed just 22-21 after one and took control midway through the second quarter.

Andersen scored 10 points during a 17-3 Australia run and capped it with a pair of free throws for a 44-30 advantage. The Aussies carried a 49-33 lead to the break, but Wang hit a trio of threes in the first four minutes of the third quarter to pull China within 53-44.

The Aussies maintained a nine-point lead heading to the fourth and scored the first nine of the period to make it a blowout. Mills drilled a shot from beyond the arc with five minutes left to give Australia a 70-52 cushion and the margin reached 21 a few minutes later.