The 16-day run of Eurobasket has begun, starting with six days of group play at several European locations before graduating to the knockout rounds, which will be hosted in Lille, France.
Eurobasket features many NBA players suiting up for their home countries: something that's more celebrated in Europe than it typically is in the United States. You can see a list of the NBA stars playing overseas here. Teams are from Europe and all the games being broadcast on WatchESPN.
The Eurobasket tournament will narrow down candidates for the 2016 Olympics next month in Rio. So far, four teams are a lock: Brazil, the host nation; the United States, who won the 2014 FIBA world cup; Australia, who topped New Zealand for FIBA Oceania's bid; and Nigeria, who won AfroBasket 2015.
Group play will divided between Berlin, Germany; Zagreb, Croatia; Riga, Latvia; and Montpellier, France.
- Spain dominated Lithuania to win the EuroBasket final, 80-63. Pau Gasol had 25 points and 12 rebounds to cap a phenomenal tournament run.
- Four players scored in double figures as Lithuania held off a late Serbia charge to win, 67-64, and earn the second automatic bid to the Rio Olympics.
- The Czech Republic defeated Latvia to secure its spot in next summer's last chance Olympic qualifying tournament.
- Spain and France staged a classic in the semifinals, but in the end, the Spanish moved on thanks to 40 points and 11 rebounds from Pau Gasol. Spain nearly won in regulation after storming back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter, but a Nicolas Batum three tied the game and sent it into overtime. Gasol and Spain were just too much, though. Spain is now automatically qualified for Rio, while France must finish in the top three of next summer's Olympic qualifying tournament to earn their place.
- Italy and Greece secured their spots in the Olympic qualifying tournament next summer with wins over Czech Republic and Latvia.
- Jonas Valanciunas finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds to push Lithuania to a 95-85 win over Italy. Lithuania now plays Serbia in Friday's other semifinal.
Round of 16
Saturday, Sept. 12
Latvia 73, Slovenia 66
Zoran Dragic scored 17 points for Slovenia but Latvia was the winner, outlasting them in the fourth quarter.
Greece 75, Belgium 54
Kosta Koufas had 13 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 10, including two three-pointers, as Greece swept away Belgium.
Spain 80, Poland 66
Pau Gasol hit 6-of-7 three-pointers to finish with 30 points as Spain blew out Poland in the fourth quarter to advance.
France 76, Turkey 53
Four French scorers finished in double figures.
Sunday, Sept. 13
Czech Republic 80, Croatia 59
Jan Vesely led the way for the Czech Republic with 20 points and 13 rebounds on 9-of-12 shooting in 35 minutes.
Serbia 94, Finland 81
Miroslav Raduljica scored 27 for Serbia in a high-scoring victory against Finland.
Italy 82, Israel 52
Italy pulled away with a huge third quarter, outscoring Israel 28-9.
Lithuania 85, Georgia 81
Lithuania, up one headed into the fourth quarter, pulled away in the final minutes.
Tuesday, Sept. 15
Spain 73, Greece 71
Behind 27 points and nine rebounds from Pau Gasol, Spain defeated Greece to advance to the semifinals.
France 84, Latvia 70
Tony Parker scored 18 points to lift France to victory and set up Thursday's semifinal game with Spain.
Wednesday, Sept. 16
Serbia 89, Czech Republic 75
Nemanja Bjelica scored 14 and Zoran Erceg scored 20 to move the Czechs to the semifinals.
Lithuania 95, Italy 85, OT
Jonas Valanciunas finished with 26 points and 15 rebounds in the overtime win. Lithuania now faces Serbia.
Thursday, Sept. 17
Greece 97, Latvia 90
This was a wild game that saw Latvia go on a 24-0 run, only for Greece to respond with a 28-9 run.
Italy 85, Czech Republic 70
A huge third quarter allowed Italy to win going away.
Spain 80, France 75
Pau Gasol scored 40 points and Spain rallied twice -- once in the fourth quarter, once in overtime -- to stun the hosts.
Friday, Sept. 18
Czech Republic 97, Latvia 70
This got out of hand quickly. Jan Vesely punctuated his excellent EuroBasket with 24 points on 11-13 shooting.
Lithuania 67, Serbia 64
Lithuania successfully mucked up the game and held off a late Milos Teodosic charge to advance to Sunday's final.
Sunday, Sept. 20
France 81, Serbia 68
Nando de Colo punctuated his strong tournament with 20 points as France earned third place.
Spain 80, Lithuania 63
Pau Gasol was superb, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 boards to lead Spain to the title.
Group play standings
- France: 5-0
- Israel: 3-2
- Poland: 3-2
- Finland: 2-3
- Russia: 1-4
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: 1-4
- Serbia: 5-0
- Spain: 3-2
- Italy: 3-2
- Turkey: 3-2
- Germany: 1-4
- Iceland: 0-5
- Greece: 5-0
- Croatia: 3-2
- Slovenia: 3-2
- Georgia: 2-3
- Netherlands: 1-4
- Macedonia: 1-4
- Lithuania: 4-1
- Latvia: 3-2
- Czech Republic: 3-2
- Belgium: 3-2
- Ukraine: 1-4
- Estonia: 1-4
Group play schedule
All times Eastern
Saturday, Sept. 5
Czech Republic 80, Estonia 57
Jan Vesley had 16 points and eight rebounds as the Czech Republic lit up Estonia.
Poland 68, Bosnia-Herzegovina 64
Marcin Gortat had 10 points and seven rebounds for Poland.
Germany 71, Iceland 65
Dennis Schroder looked great leading Germany to a win, scoring 15 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.
Netherlands 73, Georgia 72
The Netherlands held on to beat Zaza Pachulia's Georgia team in a tight battle.
Israel 76, Russia, 73
Israel was led by Omri Casspi 21 points and nine rebounds, winning thanks to a 17-0 run in the second half.
Latvia 78, Belgium 63
Latvia shot 8-of-22 from deep as they picked up a win in front of their home crowd.
Serbia 80, Spain 70
Nemanja Bjelica was dominant with 24 points and 10 rebounds as Serbia surprised Pau Gasol and Spain in a thrilling game.
Greece 85, Macedonia 65
Six Greek players scored at least nine points in this easy win.
Lithuania 69, Ukraine 68
Jonas Valanciunas had 19 points and 11 rebounds to lead Lithuania.
France 97, Finland 87 (OT)
Tony Parker led the French with 23 points as they dominated Finland in overtime, winning the extra period, 16-6.
Turkey 89, Italy 87
Danilo Gallinari's 33 points weren't enough for Italy, as Ersan Ilyasova contributed 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting for Turkey in the win.
Croatia 80, Slovenia, 73
Mario Hezonja put up 13 points and grabbed six rebounds in Croatia's win over Slovenia. Bojan Bogdanovic suffered a concussion and is day-to-day.
Sunday, Sept. 6
Belgium 84, Estonia 55
Belgium bounced back with a win after losing to Latvia in their opener, as Estonia fell to 0-2.
Macedonia 78, Netherlands 71
After getting blown out by Greece, Macedonia picked up a much needed win over the Netherlands. Vlado Ilievski had 14 points and seven assists for Macedonia.
Serbia 68, Germany 66
Nemanja Bjelica hit a game winner with less than a second to play and Serbia is 2-0 in group play.
Poland 82, Russia 79
Marcin Gortat had 18 points and six rebounds to lead Poland to a 2-0 start in EuroBasket.
Lithuania 68, Latvia 49
Valanciunas led Lithuania to another win with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Israel 79, Finland 66
Casspi had 10 points and 8 rebounds for Israel, who is now 2-0.
Italy 71, Iceland 64
Italy picked up it's first win thanks to 12 points and eight rebounds from Marco Belinelli
Slovenia 79, Georgia 68
Zaza Pachulia and Georgia fell to 0-2 as Jaka Klobucar led Slovenia with 20 points.
Czech Republic 78, Ukraine 64
Behind 19 points from former No. 6 overall draft pick Jan Vesely, the Czech Republic improved to 2-0.
France 81, Bosnia-Herzegovina 54
Nic Batum and Tony Parker each scored 11 points to lift France to its second win.
Spain 104, Turkey 77
Pau Gasol finished with 21 points and seven rebounds to give Spain its first victory of the tournament.
Greece 72, Croatia 70
Veteran guard Vassilis Spanoulis scored 16 points to lift Greece to a close victory.
Monday, Sept. 7
Belgium 76, Lithuania 74
This tip-in by Matt Lojeski gave Belgium a stunning upset over Jonas Valanciunas and Lithania. Noooootttt sure it should have counted, though.
Finland 81, Russia 79
Petteri Koponen's jumper gave Finland a comeback win and all but ended Russia's chances of advancing.
Bosnia and Herzegovina 86, Israel 84
The game of the tournament so far. First, Elmedin Kikanovic hit this stunner to force overtime.
Then, he did it again in overtime.
Latvia 72, Czech Republic 65
Tomas Satoransky and Jan Vesely had big games, but the Czechs shot just 11-24 from the free-throw line in the defeat.
Estonia 78, Ukraine 71
Gregor Arbet scored 26 points to help Estonia add to Ukraine's misery.
France 69, Poland 66
France often looked shaky, but survived to win when Poland's last-second play ended with a harmless Marcin Gortat missed three.
Tuesday, Sept. 8
Serbia 93, Iceland 64
Serbia cruised to a 3-0 record in group play with an easy win over hapless Iceland, who dropped to 0-3.
Slovenia 81, Netherlands 74
Zoran Dragic had 13 points, six rebounds and five assists as Slovenia held off the Netherlands' second-half comeback attempt.
Turkey 80, Germany 75
Turkey jumped out to a 20-point lead after one quarter before turning away Germany's comeback effort led by Dennis Schroder, who poured in a game-high 24 points.
Greece 79, Georgia 68
Nick Calathes had 19 points and eight assists as Greece remains undefeated in group play thanks to an 11-point victory over winless Georgia.
Italy 105, Spain 98
Marco Belinelli scored 24 of his 27 points in the second half as Italy earned a huge win over Spain to move to 2-1.
Croatia 73, Macedonia 55
76ers draft pick Dario Saric had 15 points, seven rebounds and four assists to move Croatia to 2-1.
Wednesday, Sept. 9
Serbia 91, Turkey 72
Serbia stays unbeaten by running circles around Turkey early and often. Led by Milos Teodosic's 17 points and 13 assists, Serbia went up by 16 after the first period and never looked back.
Finland 88, Bosnia and Herzegovina 59
Finland dominated the perimeter in a blowout win, hitting 12 three-pointers to Bosnia and Herzegovina's two. That set the tone in a lopsided affair that leaves Finland on the brink of clinching a spot in the knockout phase.
Greece 83, Slovenia 72
Big performances from Jaka Blazic (27 points) and Zoran Dragic (22 points) weren't enough to keep up with a red-hot Greek team that shot nearly 62 percent from the field. Giannis Antetokounmpo struggled badly, however, finishing with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting in 14 minutes.
Czech Republic 66, Belgium 64
The one-two punch of Tomas Satoransky and Jan Vesely carried the Czech Republic in a big win that boosted the team to the top of Group D. Vesely put up his latest double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds.
Ukraine 75, Latvia 74
Oleksandr Lypovyy hit two clutch free throws to keep Ukraine's hopes of advancing alive.
Israel 75, Poland 73
Gal Mekel, Omri Casspi and D'or Fischer each scored in double figures as Israel moved closer to the Round of 16.
Italy 89, Germany 82
All hail Danilo Gallinari. The Nuggets' forward hit a game-tying jumper to force overtime, then helped Italy close it out in Berlin.
Georgia 90, Macedonia 75
Zaza Pachulia scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to put Georgia on the board.
Lithuania 66, Estonia 64
A Jonas Maciulus jumper rescued Lithuania from what would have been a terrible loss.
Croatia 78, Netherlands 72
Bojan Bogdanovic was just 4-14 in his return from a concussion, but Croatia had enough to win anyway.
Spain 99, Iceland 73
A 17-2 third-quarter run turned a tight game into a rout.
France 74, Russia 67
The desperate Russians got off to a fast start, but France rallied for the victory.
Thursday, Sept. 10
Belgium 79, Ukraine 71
Belgium came back from a 14-point first half deficit to eliminate Ukraine from the competition.
Serbia 101, Italy 82
Serbia secured the first place in group B with an easy win against Italy. Both teams will advance to the knockout stage.
Poland 78, Finland 65
Four Polish players finished in double digits in their win over Finland to close group play with a 3-2 record. Both teams will make it to the knockout stage.
Slovenia 62, Macedonia 51
Former Sun and Heat Zoran Dragic poured in 20 points in Slovenia's win over Macedonia. Both teams will make it to the knockout stage.
Spain 77, Germany 76
Spain advanced to the knockout stage with a close win. The Germans came extremely close to forcing overtime. They were down three when Dennis Schröder was fouled on a three-point attempt. The Hawks' point guard made the first two free throws but missed the last one.
Heartbreaking miss by Schroder, Germany doesn't tie the game. How do you say "escape" in Spanish? pic.twitter.com/MTvNH5bGAM— BBALLBREAKDOWN (@bballbreakdown) septiembre 10, 2015
Germany is now eliminated. What makes the loss extra heartbreaking is the fact that we might have seen Dirk Nowitzki's last international game.
Russia 81, Bosnia & Herzegovina 61
Russia finished it's disappointing participation in the tournament on a high note, with a win over Bosnia & Herzegovina in a match between teams that were already eliminated.
Latvia 75, Estonia 64
With the win over the already eliminated Estonia, Latvia secured a spot in the knockout stage. Janis Strelnieks led all scorers with 21 points on just nine shots. Latvia could finish second if the Czech Republic beats Lithuania or third if Lithuania emerges victorious.
Georgia 71, Croatia 58
Croatia didn't get much help from its NBA contingent as Bojan Bogdanovic (1-10), Damjan Rudez (0-4), Mario Hezonja (0-3) and 76ers draftee Dario Saric (2-9) all struggled from the field. Both teams advanced to the knockout stage, with Croatia finishing second in group C and Georgia fourth.
Lithuania 85, Czech Republic 81
Jonas Valanciunas swatted a game-winning Tomas Satoransky attempt in regulation and Lithuania won in overtime to take Group D.
Turkey 111, Iceland 102
Iceland fought hard to force overtime, but Turkey had too much firepower.
France 86, Israel 61
France cruised to an easy victory to close its group stage schedule.
Greece 68, Netherlands 65
Giannis Antetokounmpo had a double double and Greece hung on against a spirited Dutch push.