Andrea Bargnani scored 11 points in 19 minutes, shooting 4-of-6 overall and 3-of-4 from the line, as Italy beat Finland, 86-72, in a "friendly," the opening game of the Adecco Cup in Koper, Slovenia. The seven-footer grabbed only two rebounds.
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With the win, Italy is now 5-0 in friendlies. The Nets two Euros are 11-0 in the exhibition contests leading up to the Eurobasket, which starts on September 5. Bargnani's Italy and Bojan Bogdanovic's Croatia are both seen as serious contenders for a medal in the tournament.
Italy's two other NBA players, Danilo Gallinari (18) and Marco Belinelli (12) were also in double figures. Italy led throughout the game. Finland got as close as five in the third, but a big fourth put the game away.