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Boris Diaw Helps Lead France to Bronze in 2014 FIBA World Cup

By Jay Desai

The 2014 FIBA World Cup third place game took place earlier on Saturday with a matchup between Lithuania and San Antonio Spur Boris Diaw’s home nation, France. Boris Diaw was able to guide France to the bronze as they defeated Lithuania 95-93.

Diaw put in 15 points along with four assists and two rebounds in the winning effort versus Lithuania.

The game was another close match for France in the 2014 FIBA World Cup as the French had to overcome a seven point deficit heading into the fourth quarter.

The game turned into a free throw contest down the stretch, with France prevailing thanks to some clutch shots at the charity stripe.

The Portland Trail Blazer’s Nicolas Batum was the high man on the French side, scoring 27 points and pulling down three boards. It was not a surprise for the fans of Les Bleus as Batum has been the best scorer on the team throughout the 2014 FIBA World Cup, averaging 14.6 points per game in nine contests.

The leading man for Lithuania was the Toronto Raptors’ Jonas Valanciunas, who finished with 25 points and nine rebounds.

This victory wraps up France and Boris Diaw’s tour in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.

Boris Diaw finishes his campaign in the 2014 FIBA World Cup with final averages of 9.2 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and 4.0 assists per game in nine contests. Diaw also shot 47.8 percent from the field and finished in the top three in scoring, rebounding, and assists averages on the French national team.

Boris Diaw will have no break following his excellent performance at the 2014 FIBA World Cup, however. The Spurs big man starts training camp with San Antonio on September 27th.

If Boris Diaw can translate his performance from the 2014 FIBA World Cup into the upcoming season, San Antonio Spurs fans should be ecstatic.

What do you think of Boris Diaw’s performance in the 2014 FIBA World Cup? Let us know in the comments!

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