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BASKETBALL / WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS : Croatia Routs China; Greece Wins

August 09, 1994|From Associated Press

TORONTO — Dino Radja scored 23 points and Toni Kukoc had 13 points and 15 assists Monday night as Croatia defeated China, 105-73, in the opening game of the quarterfinal round of the World Championship of Basketball.

In another quarterfinal game, Greece held off host nation Canada, 74-71. The United States plays Australia tonight.

Radja, who plays for the Boston Celtics, scored all of his points and grabbed six of his game-high eight rebounds in the first half as Croatia took a 61-41 lead. Kukoc, a Chicago Bull, dazzled the crowd with his pinpoint passing.

Hu Weidong led China with 31 points, including 9-for-14 shooting from three-point range.

Greece, supported by partisan fans waving blue-and-white flags that outnumbered the red-and-white maple leaf flags by at least a 10-1 margin in the crowd of 11,083, pulled away late in the second half for a 72-65 lead with 1:34 left on a layup by Panagiotis Fassouls.

Canada's Kory Hallas hit a three-pointer nine seconds later and, after a steal by Joey Vickery, sank a second one with 52 seconds to play, moving Canada within 72-71. But Greece held on for the victory.

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