After stumbling initially, France unwrapped their A-game to blow out Bosnia and Herzegovina 81-54 and go top of Group A in Montpellier.
Turning Point: Leading 41-30 but looking unconvincing early in the third quarter, the French exploded with 21 unanswered points in a torrid six-minute spell, with Nicolas Batum contributing 11. After being carried by their bench until then, it was finally the starters' turn to shine with Rudy Gobert adding 3 blocks.
Stats Don't Lie: France scored 23 points off 14 turnovers from their opponents. The Bosnians collected just 9 off 12. It was a harsh lesson as they searched in vain for a first victory, that mistakes would be ruthlessly punished.
Game Hero: Coming off an opening game against Finland where he was forcing too much, Batum was scoreless at half-time on 0-for-6 shooting. But the Charlotte Hornets forward duly exploded into life after the break, passing, dunking and using his whole range of skills to the full. As is often the case for Les Bleus, Batum set the tone.
Bottom Line: Sitting out the second and fourth quarters, Tony Parker needs one more point to surpass the record of 1030 total points in the showpiece, currently held by Greece legend Nikos Gallis.
They Said: "Their defence is ok but they need more to be perfect. To win the championship, they must play better in my opinion" - Dusko Ivanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina head coach.