San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobli scored 24 points and former Toronto Raptor Carlos Delfino added 23 to propel defending Olympic champion Argentina into the Olympic basketball semifinals with an 80-78 win over Greece on Wednesday.
In a tight game between two closely matched teams, the difference came down to a matter of seconds.
The score couldn't have been much closer at halftime, with Greece ahead 40-39. The fourth quarter began with Argentina ahead 56-55, but back-to-back 3-pointers from Delfino quickly helped put the champions ahead 62-55.
Argentina refused to relinquish the lead again and ran it to 80-75 with less than one minute left. Even after Panagiotis Vassilopoulos drained his 3-pointer with 30 seconds left, Greece was unable to press its advantage before Argentina ran down the clock.
Antonis Fotsis led the scoring for Greece with 17 points, while Kostas Tsartsaris contributed 13.
Earlier Wednesday, Sarunas Jasikevicius scored 23 points to lead Lithuania to a 94-68 win over host China in the quarterfinals. That sets up a Friday semifinal matchup between the 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalists and world champions Spain, who earlier downed Croatia 72-59.
Spain has one loss in this tournament, to the United States, who defeated Australia 116-85.