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Brazil finally get past Argentina and into Quarter-Finals
MADRID (FIBA Basketball World Cup) - Brazil beat Argentina at FIBA's flagship event for the first time since 1967 as they knocked off their South American rivals 85-65 to reach the Quarter-Finals of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Raulzinho Neto led Brazil with 21 points, Marquinhos Vieira added 13 while the pair of Leandrinho Barbosa and Tiago Splitter each finished with 10.
Ruben Magnano's team will take on Serbia in Wednesday's Quarter-Final.
Brazil, who were also beaten by Argentina at the 2012 Olympics, last knocked off their arch rivals 74-66 at the 1967 FIBA World Championship en route to a third-place showing.
The Brazilians lost at the same Round of 16 stage fours years ago in Turkey and suffered defeats to their rivals in 1998 and 2002 as well.
Argentina bowed out despite 18 points from Pablo Prigioni and 11 from Facundo Campazzo. Luis Scola was held to just nine points.
The game started as many expected with a showdown of teams that really know one another. Argentina were the first to pull away with Prigioni hitting two three-pointers in opening a 21-13 first quarter lead.
Brazil got close again, however Argentina twice pushed the margin to seven points - 27-20 and 34-27. The lead was 36-33 for the Brazilians at the break.
They picked up their defensive intensity in the third quarter and used a 15-3 run to start stretch their advantage to 48-39. A three-pointer by Marquinhos made it 57-47 and Argentina trailed 57-49 after three quarters.
Brazil would not let up and did not allow Argentina to get closer the rest of the game as they scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter.