American guard comes through in clutch, lifts Russia past France

Originally Published: September 13, 2007
By Chris Sheridan | ESPN.com

MADRID, Spain -- Thanks to a deft piece of strategizing by an American coach and a nifty bit of freelancing by an American point guard -- not to mention some abysmal free-throw shooting by France's three NBA players -- Russia is moving on to the semifinals of EuroBasket for the first time in a decade.

American J.R. Holden managed to get himself isolated on the perimeter against Florent Pietrus of France, drove past him and was fouled with 23 seconds left. Holden's two free throws broke a ...

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