Going past Nico Galis as the EuroBasket all-time leading scorer, Tony Parker cut a slice of history as France held off Poland 69-66 to remain unbeaten in Group A.
Turning Point: A dogfight to the finish but a 6-0 run from Les Bleus early in the third quarter was to give them enough breathing space even when a late 7-2 burst from the Poles gave them a chance, only for Martin Gortat's desperation three-pointer in the last second to miss its target.
Stats Don't Lie: Even amid their shooting struggles, France took care of the ball while forcing 15 turnovers which were converted into 18 points, eight more than their opponents managed in return.
Game Hero: On a night when the rest of the two teams were a combined 4-for-19 from three-point range, Adam Waczynski made 4-for-7 amid a game-high 18 points and forced the French to scramble, at times, on defence. The last play was drawn up for him but a break down on a double screen left Gortat with the ball. It was not the option Poland wanted to force overtime.
Bottom Line: France struggled with getting fast breaks and only scored four points off it. While they held Poland to 42% shooting to illustrate their solid defence, offensively the champions are still not clicking.
They Said: "It was our third game in three days. We kept playing defence. It was solid and gave us an opportunity to win the game" - Tony Parker