RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Tony Parker made a jumper with 31 seconds remaining as France rallied down the stretch after blowing a huge early lead to beat Serbia 76-75 in an Olympic men’s basketball game Monday.
The French led by 16 in the first quarter, then had to climb back from a 75-70 deficit by scoring the final six points of the game.
Nando de Colo scored the first four of those points and finished with 22 to lead France, which has won two in a row after dropping its Olympic opener. Boris Diaw had 11 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.
Miroslav Raduljica scored 16 points for Serbia (1-2), which fell into a 20-4 hole in front of top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, who watched his home country after he was eliminated in singles earlier in the Olympics.
The Serbians led by seven early in the fourth quarter, but dropped their second straight.