Eurobasket 2011: France Clinches Olympic Berth, Date With Spain In Finals

The finals of Eurobasket 2011 will pit the two teams with the most NBA talent on them. Led by a standout performance from Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum, France advanced to the finals with a 79-71 win over previously-undefeated Russia. With the win, France clinched a berth in the 2012 London Olympics, joining Spain, the USA, host Great Britain, Tunisia, Australia, Argentina and Brazil.

Batum scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds in the win, and his points came at big times. Midway through the fourth quarter, he held off a Russia run by driving baseline and dunking on Andrei Kirilenko while drawing the foul. San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker led France with 22 points. Kirilenko scored 21 for Russia, who will face Macedonia in the bronze medal game.

Despite the loss, Russia will still have a chance to qualify for the London Olympics in the qualifying tournament. They'll be joined by Macedonia, Lithuania and Greece.

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