Rio 2016: Argentina outlast rivals Brazil


Argentina clinched a double-overtime win against Brazil as the drama in the men's basketball competition at the Rio Olympics continued.

One day after Serbia nearly forced overtime against the United States, Argentina and Brazil found themselves locked in a classic. 

Argentina bounced back to beat the hosts and their South American rivals 111-107 in Group B.

The game featured several notable NBA names, including Argentina's Manu Ginobili and Andres Nocioni, who scored a game-high 37 points in the victory. 

Brazil were led by Houston Rockets center Nene, who came up with 24 points and 11 rebounds in the loss. 

Elsewhere in pool play, Lithuania suffered their first loss, falling 109-59 to Spain, and Nigeria came up with a 90-76 win over Croatia.

The Brazilian women went into double overtime as well on Saturday, falling 79-76 to Turkey. Japan beat France 79-71 and Australia bested Belarus 74-66. 



Nocioni forced overtime with a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation after Argentina trailed for much of the second half.



Pau Gasol came up big for Spain as they dotted Lithuania's perfect record with a 23-point performance on seven-for-nine shooting from the field.



"Outside of the court, we are friends, but inside the court it is a rivalry. We never wanted to lose to them, and they never wanted to lose to us," - Brazilian guard Leandro Barbosa after his side's loss.

"It's one of those games where winning is something you'll remember forever," Brazil's Anderson Varejao on his country's rivalry with Argentina.

"This is great. This is an eternal rivalry for us. What we did today was big," - Argentina's Nocioni on beating their rivals.



USA's men will look to rebound from two underwhelming performances as they go up against Tony Parker, Nic Batum and France in the final game of pool play. Australia will look to finish strong against Venezuela and Serbia will play China. Over on the women's side, USA will play China, Senegal will face Serbia and Spain will square off against Canada.