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A vintage display from talisman Fadi al-Khatib was not enough Thursday as Lebanon fell to New Zealand 86-82 in an enthralling encounter in Zouk. The 38-year-old rolled back the years to register a game-high 33 points along with 11 rebounds and eight assists, shooting 69 percent from the field on 11/16 .But despite Khatib's heroics, New Zealand were able to utilize their patent size advantage, converting 19 second-chance points off of an eye-watering 17 offensive rebounds.Shea Ili led the way for New Zealand, notching 22 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists, while effectively keeping Arakji at bay on the defensive end.The small forward then perforated the New Zealand defense once more to tie the game at 69 .
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