THE Chinese and Croatian national teams both lost in their NBA Summer League debuts on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).
Both teams are competing with NBA teams in Las Vegas, marking the first time the league will feature two international teams. China previously played in the summer league in 2007.
The Miami Heat had no troubles with China, jumping out to a 34-point halftime lead and cruising to a 103-62 victory behind 23 points from Tyler Herro and 20 points from Nick Mayo. Miami held China to 26.7 percent shooting in the first half, and outrebounded the Chinese 25-15 before intermission.
Kendrick Nunn added 15 points and Duncan Robinson 14 for Miami (1-0).
Zhelin Wang had 12 points and 14 rebounds for China (0-1), which shot just 23 percent from 3-point range.
Detroit (1-0) got seven 3-pointers and 26 points from Khyri Thomas and pulled away from Croatia in the fourth quarter for a 96-80 win.
Svi Mykhailiuk from Ukraine added 17 points and five assists, and Todd Withers had 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting for the Pistons.
Croatia (0-1) was outrebounded 37-26.