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Nowitzki's 28 not enough as Parker, France top Germany

Updated: September 8, 2007, 7:10 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and France defeated Germany 78-66 Saturday, moving closer to a place in the quarterfinals of the European basketball championship.

Florent Pietrus and Tariq Kirksay both added 12 points for France, while Dirk Nowitzki led Germany with 28 points.

"In the preliminary round we didn't move the ball well, and sometimes just watched Tony Parker make plays," Pietrus said. "The players were more active and ... it was easier for us to score ...

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