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Lithuania Eliminates China, Yao

Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 23 points with six assists as Lithuania advanced to its fifth consecutive Olympic semifinals with a 94-68 victory over host China. The tiny, basketball-crazed nation has never missed a semifinal since it broke free of the former Soviet Union and made its Olympic debut in 1992. Lithuania will face Spain on Thursday for the right to play in the gold medal game on Sunday.

The victory ended the Olympics for China and 7-foot-6 center Yao Ming, who quietly bowed out with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left after scoring 19 points with seven rebounds. Lithuania managed to double- and triple-team Yao, muscling him out of the box and leaving Yao deflated and defeated for most of the afternoon. It didn't help that China's perimeter shooters missed 17 of their 21 attempts from beyond the three-point line. Yao played a tournament-high 33 minutes.

Ramunas Siskaukas and Linus Kleiza both had 15 points for Lithuania, which made 13 of its 31 three-point attempts. Yi Jianlian had 11 points and Liu Wei had 10 for China.

By Michael Lee  |  August 20, 2008; 7:37 AM ET
 
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