Poland stay unbeaten and Russia remain winless as Adam Waczynski shone in an 82-79 win in Group A in Montpellier.
Turning Point: After trading the lead nine times, the Poles pulled away with an 8-0 blitz in the third, using Marcin Gortat much more to set up their offence from the high post and giving their perimeter shooters room to make a decisive impact. In the fourth period, Waczynski converted a three that opened up a 76-68 lead - fed by Gortat out of a double-team - and although a late 7-1 run from Russia threatened an upset, they held on.
Stats Don't Lie: In the first half, Poland shot 7-for-14 from deep. In the second, 0-for-6. But they went 12-for-19 from two-point range - a huge leap - and adjusted to make smart open shots.
Game Hero: After going 5-for-5 in the first half, Waczynski ended with a game-high 23 points, including 7-of-10 from the foul line. But it was a much-improved overall offensive performance from their opening victory over Bosnia.
Bottom Line: Russia are 0-2 and in trouble. Andrey Zubkov's team-best 21 points led an offensive effort that was solid but still their defence switches on and off. From solid offensive rebounding, they converted 22 second-chance points but other than Zubkhov, they shot a mere 18-for-53 combined.
They Said: "Our 20 assists and 8 turnovers was a sign of us playing good team basketball" - Poland coach Mike Taylor.