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15.09.2015, 21:00h
15.09.2015, 21:00h
84-70
21 - 2519 - 1316 - 728 - 25
21 - 2519 - 1316 - 728 - 25
Venue: Lille (FRA) |
Spectators: 22076 |
Referees: Robert Lottermoser (GER), Milivoje Jovcic (SRB), Sinisa Herceg (CRO)

GAME REPORT


Parker Pushes France Into Last Four

Tony Parker sparked hosts France into life before they turned up the heat on defence in the second half to rise above Latvia 84-70 in Lille on Tuesday, and move on to the EuroBasket 2015 semi-finals.

 

Turning Point: The hosts were struggling to find their rhythm in the first half and the 22,000-strong crowd were beginning to grow restless before Parker took charge. The leading scorer in EuroBasket history poured in nine points in a row to give the whole arena a lift and seize the initiative for his side. The French were dominant after the break and an emphatic alley-oop finish from Rudy Gobert, off the Parker pass, opened up the first double-digit lead midway through the third quarter, capping a 19-6 sequence.

 

Stats Don't Lie: Energy and enthusiasm spread through the team following Parker's scoring spurt. This resulted in a steep increase in defensive pressure which contributed to Latvia connecting on just two of their 18 field goal attempts in the third period - having gone 17-of-28 (61%) in the first half.

 

Game Hero: Parker had been somewhat passive in the past few games, seemingly playing with the handbrake on and waiting for the time when his team really needed him. That moment arrived in the first half of this game and he was at his talismanic best, the emotion and drive clear to see too, as he finished 18 points and six assists in 30 minutes.

 

The Bottom Line: France's defence of the EuroBasket title goes on, to the delight of the home fans. The victory tees up a third consecutive semi-final appearance, against great rivals Spain, while also securing a place in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, at the very least. Latvia know that their most important mission still lies ahead with the teams finishing in positions three to seven joining the race for Rio - and what would be a first Olympic appearance in men's basketball since 1936 for the Baltic nation. They can get there with a win over Greece on Thursday.

 

They Said: "The way they play caught us off balance with lots of moving and screening. We tried to switch a lot and it worked out for us" - Boris Diaw.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

46.2%

30/65
FG
M/A

42.4%

28/66

51.9%

27/52
FG2P
M/A

48.9%

22/45

23.1%

3/13
FG3P
M/A

28.6%

6/21

80.8%

21/26
FT
M/A

57.1%

8/14

41

15/26
RT
RO/RD

35

13/22

18

AS

13

12

TO

15

8

ST

5

4

BS

5

20

PF

22

84

Pts

70

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