J.J. Barea paces P.R.; Dirk faces Pau, Rudy

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea led the way with six assists, five rebounds and four steals to go with 11 points as Puerto Rico defeated Canada on Tuesday in the FIBA Americas tournament in Argentina. Puerto Rico is now 4-1 and into the semifinals with undefeated Argentina, Brazil (4-1) and Wednesday's opponent, the Dominican Republic (4-1).

The tournament is in the final week of play with the two 2012 Olympic qualifiers to be determined Sunday.

In Wednesday's game against Canada, Carlos Arroyo led Puerto Rico with 26 points. Barea is averaging 10.8 points and nearly nine assists a game.

Across the globe in Lithuania, Dirk Nowitzki leads his German team into a tough matchup ahead in the second round of the European championship against Spain, which features Lakers forward Paul Gasol and Nowitzki's newest teammate Rudy Fernandez.