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LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) -- Lithuania moved closer to a spot in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship with an 86-67 win over Belgium on Friday.

NBA center Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 points and had 10 rebounds to lead Lithuania, which improved to 3-1 in the second round in its group.

''We used our big guys real well and that was the key,'' said Lithuania power forward Mindaugas Kuzminskas, who added 12 points and eight rebounds.

Lithuania scored 40 points in the paint to 22 for Belgium.

Jonathan Tabu led Belgium with 15 points. Belgium fell to 0-4, but still has a chance to advance if it beats Latvia by a large margin in its final game.

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