France would not go away, but the United States simply rolled with the punches en route to another close win in the Rio Olympics on Sunday.
Klay Thompson scored 30 points as the United States built a 12-point fourth quarter lead that sank as low as three, but the Yanks held on to beat France 100-97.
Still, the U.S. finished 5-0 with a point differential of plus-204, and will face the fourth-placed team from Pool B in the quarterfinals. That could still be Croatia, Spain, Brazil, or Nigeria.
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Kyrie Irving didn’t need to shoot to be a star in the first half, dishing out five assists on 0-for-1 shooting as the Americans built their lead.
Kevin Durant added 17, and Irving finished with 12 assists.
Thomas Heurtel was excellent for France, dishing out 9 assists in addition his eight rebounds and 18 points. Nando De Colo also scored 18 in the loss.