Tony Parker, France beat Lithuania
LONDON -- Tony Parker, wearing goggles to protect an eye injured in a nightclub brawl, scored 27 points and Nicolas Batum added 21 on Thursday to lead France to an 82-74 victory over Lithuania in Olympic basketball.
Parker sank a 3-pointer to finish a 10-2 run that gave France a 59-52 lead at the end of the third quarter, and Lithuania never got closer than six after that.
"My legs felt very good today. I was able to run, penetrate, score," said Parker, the San Antonio Spurs point guard who scored seven of France's last eight points.
"We played well for about 30 something minutes but we came up short unfortunately," Kleiza said.
Boris Diaw had a solid game with 10 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
France coach Vincent Collet said Parker and Batum are picking up their games.
"This is the first game we've had them at this level. Tony told me that his legs were feeling a lot better now. And Boris is one of our big weapons," Collet said.
Parker was an innocent bystander at a bottle-tossing melee in New York in June between the entourages for singer Chris Brown and hip-hop star Drake. Parker's left cornea was scratched and he feared he might miss the Olympics.
Lithuania (1-2) needs a win, but next up is the U.S.
"We are going to play as hard as we can," coach Kestutis Kemzura said.
Lithuania is a three-time Olympic bronze medalist.
"We played a good game today but not enough minutes. They got some easy baskets and Tony took over in the second half," Kemzura said.
Spain 79, Britain 78
LONDON -- Jose Calderon scored eight of his 19 points in the final 44 seconds, then eluded defenders frantically trying to foul him to run out the clock as Spain held on to beat winless Britain 79-78.
The hosts were within two but Luol Deng threw away a pass, leading to Calderon's fast-break layup. After another turnover, Calderon sank a pair of free throws for a 75-69 lead with 39 seconds left.
Dan Clark's 3-pointer cut it to three, but Calderon answered with two more free throws. A 3-pointer by Nate Reinking made it a two-point game, and again Calderon hit two foul shots. Deng answered with another 3-pointer to make 79-78 with 7.2 seconds to go, but Spain inbounded to Calderon and the British couldn't catch him to foul.
Deng finished with 26 points and Joel Freeland added 25 for Britain.
Russia 75, Brazil 74
Vitaliy Fridzon's 3-pointer with four seconds left gave Russia a victory over Brazil, keeping the Russians unbeaten in the Games.
The Russians blew an 11-point lead, falling behind 74-72 on Marcelo Huertas' layup with 6.1 seconds left. Russia called timeout and threw the ball into Fridzon along the left corner, and he knocked down the jumper while appearing to have his leg hit as he was shooting.
Andrei Kirilenko scored 19 points and Timofey Mozgov had 18 for Russia (3-0), but it was Alexei Shved who led the Russians' late rally after they fell behind by five with under two minutes left. Shved, headed to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Kirilenko, finished with 17 points.
Argentina 92, Tunisia 69
Manu Ginobili scored 24 points and keyed a second-quarter run to help Argentina beat Tunisia.
Tunisia led by 14 after the first quarter. But Ginobili, the Spurs' star, scored 12 points in a 15-0 run at the start of the second quarter that gave Argentina a 29-28 lead.
But Tunisia battled back and the game was tied 40-40 at halftime.
Ginobili hit a 3-pointer to start the second half and Argentina took the lead and never trailed again.
Argentina (2-1) played without New York Knicks-bound forward Pablo Prigioni, who is suffering from kidney stones.
Salah Mejri finished with 19 points for Tunisia and Mourad El Mabrouk had 16.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.
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