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Iran defeated by Russia in men 's basketball debut

TEHRAN, Aug. 10 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iranian basketball team was beaten 71-49 by European champions Russia in the opener of the men's basketball competitions in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games at the Wukesong Stadium on Sunday.

Dzhon-Robert Kholden led Russia with 19 points, five steals, three assists and three rebounds, while Utah Jazz's forward Andrey Kirilenko added 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks to dominate the game.

Mohammad Nikkhah led Iran with 16 points while Mehdi Kamrani chipped in 11.

Iran is scheduled to play Lithuania on August 12.

The Asian champion is in Group A along with Russia, Argentina, Australia, Croatia and Lithuania.

In Group B, the host China has been drawn with Germany, Angola, Greece, Spain and the United States.

... Payvand News - 08/11/08 ... --

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