After suffering a bruised thigh in France’s victory over Italy, San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker bounced back with a big game against Serbia as the French national team advanced into the second round with a 5-0 record.
France beat Serbia 97-96 in overtime in the final match in Group B.
Parker made two free throws with 19 seconds remaining in overtime and with one second left, Dusko Savanovic missed an open jumper inside the paint that would have given Serbia the victory.
Parker led France with 24 points, two assists, two rebounds and six steals in 39 minutes of action. He also went a perfect 12-of-12 from the foul line.
Marko Keselj made 7-of-9 three-pointers to finish with 25 points for Serbia.
Meanwhile, Dirk Nowitzki and Germany edged Spurs’ draftee Davis Bertans and Latvia 81-80, which suffered their fifth loss in as many games at EuroBasket tournament.
Considering the level of talent between Germany and Latvia, it was surprisingly a close game.
The first half ended with both teams tied at 33. Germany won the third period 23-15 to take an eight point lead going into the final quarter.
However, Bertans and Latvia took the fourth period 32-25, but it wasn’t enough to get the win.
Nowitzki led Germany with 11 points and three rebounds while Bertans had five points, three rebounds and one block shot for the Latvian nationals.
In another EuroBasket thriller, Russia won Group D by defeating Spurs’ Erazem Lorbek and Slovenia 65-64 on Sergey Monya’s last-second shot and stayed perfect in the tournament.
It was a painful loss for Slovenia, which led throughout the game until Monya’s two-point shot.
Lorbek’s desperate attempt to win with two-tenths on the clock missed.
Russia finished the group with five wins and no loss, while Slovenia completed the first round with a 4-1 record.
Andrey Vorontsevich led Russia with 18 points, while Lorbek finished with 14 points, five assists, five rebounds and a steal.
After a much needed break, Parker and Team France will take on Turkey at 18:00 (GMT +3) in Vilnius, Lithuania on Wednesday at the start of the second round of the EuroBasket.
While Lorbek and Slovenia will return to action on Thursday at 21:00 (GMT +3) in Vilnius against Greece.