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Turkey beats China 87-40 at basketball worlds

ANKARA — The Associated Press | 9/3/2010 12:00:00 AM |

Oğuz Savaş scored 20 points as host Turkey trounced China 87-40 on Thursday in its final group game at the world championship.

Oğuz Savaş scored 20 points as host Turkey trounced China 87-40 on Thursday in its final group game at the world championship.

Turkey, which had already won Group C, had a 20-0 scoring run to lead 39-13 at the break. Ömer Aşık's slam-dunk gave Turkey a 41-point lead in the final seconds of the third quarter. Semih Erden widened the gap to 47 points with 50 seconds to go at the end of the last quarter.

Turkey (5-0) plays the fourth-place New Zealand of Group D in the knockout stage in Istanbul.

China (1-4) reached the next round in Istanbul on points differential ahead of Ivory Coast and Puerto Rico. Russia (4-1) finished second and Greece (3-2) third.

Turkey center Ersan İlyasova of the Milwaukee Bucks had 18 points and 12 rebounds, and Aşık had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Turkey out-rebounded China 44-33 in a game that Turkey scored 24 points from turnovers. Turkey shot 41 percent from the free-throw line, while China missed its only chance.

Sun Yue scored 15 points for China. No other Chinese players hit more than nine points.

The lead changed only once and the teams were level once.

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