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Latvia starts basketball World Cup warm-up series with a win

Latvia's preparations for the basketball World Cup later this month took a positive step forward August 2 with a victory over Sweden in a warm-up match in Liepāja.

Despite the absence of local superstar Kristaps Porziņģis and several other leading players, Latvia emerged as winners with the scoreline 87:77.

Rolands Šmits was the most productive players for the winners with 17 points, while Artūrs Strautiņš also stood out with 14 points. Elijah Clarance turned in a good performance for the visitors with 16 points for the Swedish national team. 

The next three test matches for the Latvian national team are scheduled in Rīga on August 5 against Georgia, August 12 against the Dominican Republic and August 16 against Finland. All the warm-up matches can be seen live on LTV7 and LSM.lv.

The finals of the World Cup will take place from August 25 to September 10 in Indonesia, Japan and the Philippines. The Latvian national team will start the final tournament in Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.

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