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Former Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao scored a team-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lift Brazil to a stunning 79-78 win over NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece in basketball’s World Cup in China.
Antetokounmpo led the Bucks to the best record in the NBA last season, but struggled mightily in this game thanks to the pesky Brazilians.
The man known as The Greek Freak was held to 13 points and fouled out in the fourth quarter — as Brazil overcame a 17-point deficit in the first half.
Greece had a chance to tie with two seconds left in the game, as Kostas Sloukas was fouled on a 3-pointer. He made the first two, but after missing the third, Brazil’s Bruno Caboclo slapped the ball away to secure the win.
Power forward Georgios Printezis led Greece in scoring with 20 points in 25 minutes.
Varejao played for the Cavs from 2004-2016 and his floppy hair and winning smile made him one of the most beloved players in franchise history. He was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers midway through the Cavs’ championship season.
The 6-foot-11 forward/center turns 37 at the end of the month.
Brazil improved to 2-0, with Greece falling to 1-1. Both teams return to action Thursday.