Who: United States vs. France, Men's Basketball
When: Sunday astatine 8 a.m. ET
Streaming: Peacock, NBCOlympics.com
Evan Fournier helps France Take Lead Over United States successful Third
The United States heads to the 4th fourth trailing France 62-56.
After France made conscionable 1 of 11 threes successful the archetypal fractional and trailed by 10, Fournier drained a brace aboriginal successful the third, helping to propulsion France wrong 49-45. He followed with a layup, capping a 7-0 France tally that made it a one-possession crippled astatine 49-47. Jayson Tatum responded with a wide-open 3 to propulsion the pb backmost to five.
A jumper by Fournier and three-point play by Vincent Poirier with the changeable timepiece winding down tied the people astatine 52 with conscionable nether 4 minutes remaining successful the third.
Nando De Colo deed a 3 with 2:40 near successful the 4th to enactment France up 55-54, the team's archetypal pb since 9-8 successful the first. Heurtel deed a precocious 3 arsenic France ended the 4th connected a 22-7 tally to instrumentality a 62-56 lead.
The U.S., with Durant sidelined with 4 fouls, was constricted to 2 tract goals implicit the last 9 minutes of the quarter.
U.S. Comes Alive From Deep successful Second Quarter
France chopped the shortage to 3 aboriginal successful the 2nd connected a jumper by Nando De Colo that made it 24-21. Damian Lillard than deed a brace of threes, helping to propulsion the pb backmost to 34-25. A precocious 3 by Holiday gave the U.S. a double-digit pb and the squad took a 45-37 pb into the half.
Adebayo was successful treble figures astatine the fractional for the U.S. with 10 points. Lillard added 9 points, going 3-for-6 from deep, and Kevin Durant had 7 contempt being successful foul trouble.
Fournier had 12 first-half points to pb France, which changeable conscionable 1-for-11 from three.
U.S. Plays Strong Defense connected France successful First Quarter
Gregg Popovich opted to spell with a starting lineup of Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Bam Adebayo, Draymond Green and Kevin Durant for the United States successful its Olympic opener.
The U.S. went connected a 16-4 tally successful the first, capped by buckets successful modulation by Jrue Holiday and Jayson Tatum, that opened a 22-13 pb with 1:23 near successful the quarter.
The U.S. changeable 47.6 percent successful the first, with Adebayo and recently-crowned NBA champion Jrue Holiday starring the mode with 5 points each to assistance USA instrumentality a 22-15 aft the first.
The U.S. applied a switch-heavy defence that helped unit six first-quarter turnovers. France, which changeable 30.8 percent successful the first, was held without a tract extremity implicit the last 5 minutes of the quarter. Evan Fournier had 8 points successful the archetypal to pb France.
The United States Begins the Quest for Four-Straight Gold Medals
Time to get serious.
The U.S. men's hoops squad didn't precisely unrecorded up to their standards successful accumulation play, dropping their archetypal 2 games to Nigeria and Australia earlier finishing 2-2.
With the team's quest for a 4th consecutive golden medal acceptable to officially begin, and with France providing a challenging opening matchup, the U.S. volition person to commencement looking a small much similar the Dream Team.
Even without the brightest of stars similar LeBron James and Steph Curry, the U.S. roster is stacked and remains the favorite to seizure gold. The squad is led by Kevin Durant, Damian Lillard and Jayson Tatum. They'll besides beryllium joined by those who conscionable finished competing successful the NBA Finals: Khris Middleton, Jrue Holiday and Devin Booker, each of whom are expected to play against France.
The French squad features plentifulness of NBA endowment arsenic well, including Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and Frank Ntilikina, who is retired against the U.S. owed to flimsy musculus discomfort.