France wins without Tony Parker
SIAULIAI, Lithuania -- France rallied with a big fourth quarter despite playing without Tony Parker to defeat Italy 91-84 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the European basketball championship.
Parker was kneed in the left thigh by Andrea Bargnani on the second play of the game, struggled through the first half and part of the third quarter before leaving the game for good.
"I am going to have treatment on it tonight and see if I can play tomorrow," Parker said. France plays Serbia on Monday. "The doctor said I should not take a risk in the fourth quarter."
Juan Carlos Navarro scored 22 points and defending champion Spain swept aside host Lithuania 91-79 to advance to the second round.
Serbia, Germany, Russia and Slovenia also advanced.
Serbia, which lost the final to Spain two years ago, joined France with a perfect 4-0 record in Group B by overcoming 25 points from Dirk Nowitzki to beat Germany 75-64. Germany is 2-2.
In a major upset in Group A, Poland beat world championship silver medalist Turkey 84-83, leaving Turkey on the brink of elimination. Turkey must beat Spain in its last match.
In a tight Group C, Macedonia edged Finland 72-70, Greece beat Montenegro 71-55 and Bosnia-Herzegovina upset Croatia 92-90. Montenegro is the only team without a chance of advancing.
Russia beat Bulgaria 89-77 and Slovenia defeated Belgium 70-61 as both advanced with 4-0 records before final group matches. Georgia beat Ukraine 53 to stay alive.
The top three teams from each of the four groups advance. Head-to-head results from group games carry over to the second round so every win is important.
Spain scored 62 points in the first half -- the highest so far -- giving them a 26-point advantage at the break against the host team.
"We came back at the end thanks to our bench," Diaw said. "It's a great win for us. We found out that we know how to play without Tony, that we have other solutions on the offense."
Diaw, who had eight points in the fourth quarter, made a layup with 36 seconds remaining to put France up by three, 85-82.
"A few bad shots, a few rebounds at the end decided the game," Italy coach Simone Pianigiani said.
Bargnani, the Toronto Raptors center, led Italy with 22 points.
Dusko Savanovic scored 18 points to lead Serbia, whose bench outscored Germany's 29-3.
Nowitzki scored 25 points, while Chris Kaman had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Germany.
Elsewhere, point guard Derdan Berisha scored a game-high 21 points, including the game-winning jumper with 12 seconds remaining, to lead Poland to its surprise win over Turkey (2-2).
Poland, 2-2 and on the brink of advancing, went into the final quarter with a one-point lead.
Though Turkey led through much of the fourth quarter, Poland retook the lead on a 3-pointer by Piotr Pamula with 44 seconds remaining.
After Enes Kanter sank two free throws, Berisha hit the game-winner over Kerem Tunceri.
Tunceri missed his own shot at the buzzer.
Adam Hrycaniuk contributed 15 points for Poland. Kanter scored 19 and Ersan Ilyasova had 14 for Turkey.
"We did too many things wrong," Turkey coach Orhun Ene said. "We lost our focus at times on defense."
Poland now needs to beat Britain in the final game of the first round to advance, while Turkey needs a win against defending champion Spain plus a defeat for Poland.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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