San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and Team France had a slow start on their first game at 2011 EuroBasket. Against Israel, the French national team made sure it wasn’t the case.
France started the game strong taking the first quarter 24-14, but Israel tried to fight back in the second quarter cutting the lead to 42-35 at halftime.
With Parker attacking the basket and creating for his teammates, Team France pulled away in the third quarter outscoring Israel 22-13 and built a 16-point lead entering the fourth quarter.
In the final period, Israel and France just traded baskets as the French nationals claimed their second victory at the 2011 EuroBasket, 85-68 against Israel.
Parker once again led Team France with 21 points, eight assists and one rebound and shot 63.6 percent from the field, including 2-of-3 from beyond the arc in 33 minutes of action.
Nicolas Batum added 15 points, and Mickael Gelabale had 13 markers.
Spurs draftee Nando De Colo struggled in this game, he scored three points, committed three turnovers and five fouls in just nine minutes of play for Team France.
Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin top scored for Israel with 15 points apiece.
Parker and the French nationals will face their toughest test in the tournament so far as they meet Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki and Germany at 21:00 (GMT +3) in Siauliai on Friday.
Both teams are 2-0 at the 2011 EuroBasket.