Using a 26-11 scoring edge in the second quarter Monday, San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw and Les Bleus were able to build a 20+ point lead by half, as France went on to defeat Egypt 94-55.
By half, France as a team was shooting 73% from the floor, including 6-of-9 from 3-point range, as every player on Les Bleus had scored a basket except point guard Thomas Heurtal.
With such a comfortable lead, Diaw and Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum were able to play less minutes, as Diaw only tracked 8:13 minutes (and didn’t even play in the entire second half), while Batum played just 15 minutes. Diaw went on to finish with three points, and three assists. Batum finished with nine points.
It was the defense of France that was their main weapon, as they held Egypt to no less than 19 points in any individual quarter. By the end of the game, France as a team wound up shooting 66 percent from the field.
In Group A, France is now 2-1 in Group Phase play. Les Bleus still has two games left in the Group Phase, as they’ll face powerhouse Spain on Wednesday, and Iran on Thursday.