The French basketball players defeated the United States of America at the opening of the Olympic Games with 83:76 (15:22, 22:23, 25:11, 21:20).
As expected, the Americans were the ones dictating the pace at the start of this duel, but the French didn’t seem at all harmless. They kept the connection going after a few Damien Lillard goals, with which they went to +10 and were decent eight points behind at half-time.
What the teams want to avoid at these Olympics are injuries, and one was barely seen in the ranks of France when Gershon Jabusele was hit in the knee. He froze the “tricolors” for a while, but it turned out it wasn’t a bigger problem.
It was reported that the Americans triumphed without difficulty, but Kevin Durant struggled with the fouls soon after, while the French “tightened” the defense and managed to reach a turning point in a series of points. As much as 25:11 it was in the third quarter for the French.
It was obvious that the Americans were struggling, that they were tired after the hard seasons, but that they didn’t even bother to regain the lead in the sequel thanks to Zhu Holliday’s points. But that wasn’t the end of the excitement. The great Fournier, along with Batum, also reduced the SUs ’advantage of a possession. and then a triple brought to the French for a minute. The heroic work was done by Jabusele, who jumped into the chairs to get some help.
The Americans missed later, controlled the offensive jump and reached new possessions, but nothing entered the rival’s circle. Popovic’s team had another chance to return to the game, but in one of the last attacks, Lillard slipped and stopped Fournier with his foot, and the referees called an unsportsmanlike foul to +4 for the French.
Fournier was fine with 28 points in the French team, De Colo added 13, while Jrou Holliday scored 18 in the Americans ’ranks.