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NBA first-round draftee Rui Hachimura navigated Japan to a 99-89 victory over New Zealand on Monday, delivering a stellar performance in Japan’s first warmup exhibition ahead of the upcoming FIBA World Cup.

The 21-year-old forward scored 35 points to help the Akatsuki Five post a victory over the Tall Blacks before a capacity crowd of 5,610 at Chiba Port Arena.

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