Team USA lost their 16 point lead and almost giving the game away to Tony Parker – less France, 100 – 97.
Pau Gasol had a double-double and Spain cruised past Lithuania 80-63 on Sunday to regain the European basketball championship title. Gasol led Spain with 25 points and tallied 12 rebounds and 3 block shots. While Jonas Valanciunas scored 10 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Lithuania.
A record crowd of 27,372 filled out Pierre Mauroy Stadium in Lille, France on Sunday night to championship game.
Earlier, France won the bronze over Serbia. Nando de Colo played a major role in helping France repay the faith in their fans who had been turning out in record numbers during the Final Phase, taking the lead for good midway through the second quarter so see off Serbia 81-68 and claim the third spot.
Spain beats France in OT in EuroBasket 2015 semifinals, secures 5th straight Olympic appearance which is the longest streak in nation’s history.
Pau Gasol dominate the EuroBasket 2015 Semifinals as he carry his national team Spain with a overtime win over France 80-75.
Gasol scored 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Gasol came up big when Spain needed a basket in closing out minutes of the 4th quarter and in overtime.
Spain was leading 66-63 with 16 seconds to play in the 4th quarter when Nicolas Batum made a go ahead 3-pointer that forces the game in overtime.
In overtime, Spain was leading 78-75 with 15 seconds remaining in overtime when Victor Claver fouled Nicolas Batum shooting three.
Batum can force double overtime but misses all three free throws. Felipe Reyes secured the rebound and Spain the game with Gasol’s dunk to finish it 80-75. Gasol scored the last 8 crucial points for Spain to lead his team to EuroBasket 2015 Finals to face the winner of Lithuania and Serbia.
Batum lead the France squad with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Tony Parker scored 10 points and 6 assists.
Tony Parker became the all-time leading scorer in European championship history when he made France’s first basket in the game against Poland on Monday.
Parker hit a jumper with 6:34 remaining in the first quarter to make it 2-2 in Montpellier, France.
That gave the San Antonio Spurs guard a total of 1,032 points, two more than former Greece star Nikos Galis. Parker tied the total in France’s 81-54 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina on Sunday.
Galis was on the Greek side that won the European title in 1987 and played in 33 European Championship games during his career.
Parker has previously played 61 games in eight separate European championships and averaged 17 points in his opening two games in this tournament. Parker led France to its first title two years ago.