Turning Point: After Andrea Bargnani's potential go-ahead three-ball hit off the rim in the fourth quarter, a closely-guarded Dirk Nowitzki buried a 15-foot jump shot over Stefano Mancinelli for a 58-55 lead. Mancinelli then missed from the top of the key and Robin Benzing scored for Germany to make it 60-55 with 3:58 to play.
Game Hero: Dirk Nowitzki showed yet again he's the man for the big occasion, scoring 21 points and corralling 12 rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Germany hit seven of 12 (58%) shots from the arc while Italy were six of 25 (24%).
Germany beat Italy four years ago to send the Azzurri into an international basketball tailspin and on Thursday night, they piled on the agony once more.
Getting superlative efforts again from Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Kaman and receiving timely shooting from Robin Benzing and Azzurri killer Johannes Herber, Germany won 76-62.
Dirk Bauermann's team improved to 2-0 in Group B and dropped the Italians to 0-2, leaving them with a mountain to climb to advance to the next stage of the competition.
Only the top three sides progress and so far, Serbia, France and now Germany have two wins in as many games while Italy, Latvia and Israel have two defeats.
"We played at the same level as Germany for 38 minutes," Italy coach Simone Pianigiani said.
"But at this moment, we're not as consistent as Germany.
"That is the real situation because Germany showed yesterday (against Israel) also a great game that Italy right now is not able to play in the same way."
Germany took the lead for good with 5:53 to go when they swung the ball onto the left wing to a wide-open Robin Benzing, who drilled a three-ball for a 56-53 advantage.
Marco Belinelli drove in from the left and dunked but Nowitzki stretched the lead back to three with a jump shot for Germany.
Benzing then scored on a drive down the left baseline to extend the advantage to 60-55 and force an Italy timeout.
When play resumed, Danilo Gallinari popped a three-pointer from the top of the key for Italy to cut the gap to 60-58, and Italy then had a chance to take the lead on their next trip down the floor but Daniel Hackett's jumper from the right corner was off target.
Kaman, who had struggled offensively all night but came to life in the final period, scored for a 62-58 lead.
After two Gallinari free-throws again made it a two-point game, Kaman scored in the low post.
Herber then struck with a three-point dagger and Germany pulled away.
Herber had played a leading role in 2007 in Spain when Germany beat Italy with a spot in the Quarter-Finals at stake.
Germany went on to finish high enough at that EuroBasket to reach the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament and they made it to the Beijing Games.
Italy, meanwhile, had to go through qualifying for EuroBasket 2009 after the setback in Marid and failed to make it to Poland.
Kaman finished with 17 points and 17 rebounds, scoring 10 and pulling down eight boards in the fourth quarter.
Nowitzki had 21 points and 12 rebounds while Benzing contributed 14 and Herber six.
Benzing and Herber each had two three-pointers and Germany were seven of 17 from long range as a team to Italy's six of 25.
Gallinari led Italy with 17 points.