Liu Wei passed out six assists, grabbed five rebounds (the same number as Yao) and had 18 points, including a key three pointer to put China up by six with about three minutes left. Wang Shipeng （王仕鹏）was the team's next leading scorer with 13. China's other NBA player, Yi Jianlian（易建联), had just 11 points and 6 rebounds.
After a slow start that had them down 18-10 in the first quarter, China took the lead for the first time in the second half but didn't have the game in hand until the last minute. China still struggles with Angola's quick ball movement and an active defense that often makes it tough for China to pound the ball in to Yao and Yi. The teams are 1-1 in their two meetings this summer; they play again August 14, in a preliminary round game.
China plays Australia at 4:00 this afternoon.
Link: FIBA game report
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plays Angola tonight in the FIBA Diamond Ball tournament at 7:30 p.m., Beijing time. China lost to Angola, 72-71, when the teams played in Hangzhou just over a week ago. They will face each other again in the Olympics on August 14 at 2:30 p.m. China will play three games in the Diamond Ball tournament. In addition to the Angola game, they play Australia on Wednesday July 30; their opponent and game time on Friday, August 1, will be determined by results from earlier in the week.
The game, being played in Nanjing, will be broadcast in China on CCTV-5. There is also a women's FIBA Diamond Ball tournament coming up in Haining, China. China will play Mali on August 2 at 7:30 p.m. and Australia on August 3 at 7:30 p.m. The team will also play August 5, time and opponent to be determined by the results of the earlier games.
More on the FIBA tournament and China's Olympic basketball draw coming soon.
Tags: Angola, basketball, FIBA, FIBA Diamond Ball, Olympics