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FIBA World Cup: Diaw, France edge Serbia

After falling to Tiago Splitter and Brazil on Saturday night, the French National Team rebounded with a 74-73 win over Serbia on Sunday for their first win of the tournament.

France was led by Joffrey Lauvergne who finished with 19 points and six rebounds. San Antonio Spurs’ Boris Diaw had just four points on 2-of-4 shooting from the field and Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum added 11 points and six rebounds in the victory.

After trailing by as much as 11 points, France would use a 10-0 run to chip away at Serbia’s lead. The French outscored Serbia 26-20 third quarter to rally back and make it contest going into the fourth.

France finished the game shooting 68.8% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc. The French would edge Serbia in the fourth quarter 14-11 to escape with the one point victory.

Miroslav Raduljica led Serbia in scoring with 21 points and seven rebounds.

Diaw and France are now 1-1 in Group A play and will now return to the court on Monday to face Egypt.

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