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Blazers F Nicolas Batum, France Top Russia To Advance To EuroBasket Final

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Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas Batum and France defeated Russia, 79-71, in a EuroBasket semifinal game on Friday. Here's the boxscore. France has now advanced to the tournament's final game, where they will face Spain in a much anticipated match-up. Spain beat France in the tournament's second round but France tanked in that game by resting starters Tony Parker and Joakim Noah. Spain also demolished France in a EuroBasket tune-up match back in August. France will be the clear underdog on Sunday. Batum finished with 19 points, seven rebounds, four assist, two blocks and one steal in 34 minutes on 6-for-8 shooting. A full write-up of Batum's play during this game and Thursday's win over Greece will go up on Saturday. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter

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