The American men's basketball team bounced back from a defeat by Puerto Rico to beat Greece 77-71 Tuesday while Lithuania, China and Australia were among the other winners. \nGreece had a chance to pull within two points with 18 seconds left, but Lamar Odom defended the play perfectly for the Americans, keeping his hand high and preventing Dimitris Pipanikoulaou from getting a clean layup attempt. \nOdom rebounded the miss and made two free throws to lock up the US team's victory in its second game of the Olympics. \nIn a much closer game than expected, the US bounced back from their embarrassing loss to Puerto Rico in their opener and avoided dropping to 0-2, which would have matched their loss total from the previous 68 years. \nYao Ming bounced back from a rough opening game with 39 points and 13 rebounds to lead China to a 69-62 win over New Zealand and Shane Heal scored 18 points to power Australia to an 83-59 win over Angola. \nSerbia-Montenegro defeated Italy 74-72 on Milos Vujanic's two free throws in the final seconds while Spain beat Argentina 87-76. \nAllen Iverson played for the US with a broken right thumb, scoring a team-leading 17 points. Iverson originally injured the thumb on his shooting hand during the team's 92-73 defeat Sunday, then aggravated it during practice Monday. \nPuerto Rico center Jose Ortiz said his team's loss wasn't a letdown after the big win over the Americans. \n"As I said the other night, basketball is not consistent always," Ortiz said. "We're still getting things together. Tonight, we didn't have the toughness and focus from our defense that we did against the US." \nThe loss on Sunday night was the first for the United States since NBA players began participating in the Olympics in 1992 and was just the third in 112 Olympic games overall. \nRamunas Siskauskas had 23 points for Lithuania (2-0). \nLithuania, which has won the last three Olympic bronze medals, pulled away from Puerto Rico with an 8-0 run early in the fourth quarter and the lead reached 15 points twice, the last time at 88-73 with 4:22 to play. \nYao, the 2.26m center from the Houston Rockets, had 12 points for China and eight rebounds in an opening loss to Spain, but he took over from the start against New Zealand, finishing 15-for-20 from the field and keying China's effective zone defense inside. \nAndrew Bogut added 16 points and 11 rebounds for Australia, which led 45-29 at halftime and was up by as many as 28 points in the fourth quarter. Valter Monteiro had 18 points for Angola (0-2), which shot just 27 percent (19-for-71). \nVujanic's free throws came with 5.6 seconds left. Basile had tied the game 14 seconds earlier when he stripped Dejan Bodiroga near midcourt and went in for a layup. \nIgor Rakocevic had 19 points for Serbia-Montenegro.
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