The United States of America won by three points for the second consecutive game as they ended the group stage with a 100 percent record after an exciting outing with France. The final score was 100-97.
Heading into the final quarter, the States looked comfortable with a 12-point advantage. However, that had been whittled down to just four with a little over five minutes left.
Klay Thompson rediscovered his best form by leading all scorers, finishing the game with 30 points. Kevin Durant also had a good afternoon, dropping 17.
The French, to their credit, never gave up; Joffrey Lauvergne pulled off an incredible dunk with just over half of the final quarter gone to get the crowd pumped. Buckets were exchanged and the US lead fluctuated from eight points to five.
With 3:29 remaining on the clock, the French encountered foul trouble, entering the bonus and sending Kyrie Irving to the line. The Cleveland Cavaliers guard made no mistake and took the advantage back up to double-digits.
The European nation refused to go away, though. Durant turned over the ball with just over two minutes left and Thomas Huertel nailed a three to make it 95-88. The baskets continued to flow and the American's reached 100 points for the first time since their second game of the tournament against Venezuela.
Having held on for another tight victory, with a much better performance than they had previously shown since arriving in Brazil, the defending champions can go into the quarter-finals full of confidence.
They will play third place from Group B. Given the return to form of Thompson, it was a good evening's work for the NBA superstars.