San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker and the French national team needed a fourth quarter rally to beat a pesky Italian squad 91-84.
Italy led 23-20 after the opening period and held a 48-41 advantage over France at halftime.
Both teams scored just 19 points apiece in the third quarter and Italy had a 7-point lead going into the final quarter.
However, that is the time where Team France’s offense clicked.
The French national team outscored Italy 31-17 in the final quarter to stay undefeated at the EuroBasket.
Charlotte Bobcats’ Boris Diaw led Team France with 21 points, Portland Trail Blazers’ Nicolas Batum added 21 points and four steals, while Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah had 10 points and seven boards.
After leading France in scoring for three straight games, Parker struggled on offense mainly because of a minor injury he suffered early in the game.
He shot just 3-of-11 from the field and went 2-of-4 from the free throw line. Parker finished with eight points, four assists and three rebounds in 24 minutes of action.
Parker was kneed in the left thigh by Andrea Bargnani on the second play of the game, struggled through the first half and part of the third quarter before leaving the game for good.
“I am going to have treatment on it tonight and see if I can play tomorrow, the doctor said I should not take a risk in the fourth quarter.” Parker said.
Spurs’ draftee Nando De Colo played 17 minutes and scored four points, grabbed a rebound and committed three turnovers for the French nationals.
Toronto Raptor’s Bargnani had a game-high 22 points for Italy, New Orleans Hornets’ Marco Belinelli added 19 points and Denver Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari chipped in 18 points in a losing cause.
The game was close during the first half that ended with Belgium up by a point 30-29.
However, Slovenia took the third quarter 21-17 and held a 50-47 lead heading into the final quarter.
With their solid inside game and tough defense, Slovenia won the fourth period 20-14 to seal the win.
Goran Dragic top scored for Slovenia with 18 points while Lorbek had seven points, five rebounds, three steals and one assist and one block in 22 minutes of playing time.
Tomas Van Den Spiegel led Belgium with 16 points.
Lorbek and Slovenia will have a tough test playing against powerhouse Russia at 18:00 (GMT +3) in Klaipeda.
While Parker and France will face another unbeaten team, Serbia at 21:00 (GMT +3) in Siauliai on Monday.