Parker's France beats Nowitzki's Germany at Euros

NESHA STARCEVIC - AP Sports Writer
Pau Gasol  in  front, of Spain watches a ball go in during the EuroBasket 2011, European Basketball Championships group A match between Spain and Britain  in Panevezys, Lithuania, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)
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Pau Gasol  in front, of Spain watches a ball go in during the EuroBasket 2011, European Basketball Championships group A match between Spain and Britain in Panevezys, Lithuania, on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011. (AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)

SIAULIAI, Lithuania (AP) — Tony Parker scored 32 points Friday, leading France past Dirk Nowitzki and Germany 76-65 at the European Championship.

The San Antonio Spurs guard asserted himself in the third quarter at the 24-team tournament, which will produce two qualifiers for next year's London Olympics.

"When Tony has his night, he is impossible to guard," Germany coach Dirk Bauermann said.

Nowitzki, the MVP of the NBA finals, finished with 20 points, but he played little in the second half.

"We tried some man-to-man, some zone defense, but Tony was too strong and kept getting into the zone," Nowitzki said.

Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol scored 21 points to power unbeaten and defending champion Spain to an 86-69 victory over Britain.

Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani kept Italy alive by scoring 36 points — more than half his team's total — in a 71-62 victory over Latvia. Bargnani had the highest-scoring game of the tournament so far. The only other Italian in double digits was Marco Belinelli of the New Orleans Hornets with 11.

Italy is 1-2 in a tough Group B. Latvia, the youngest team in the event, is 0-3. Rihards Kuksiks led Latvia with 19 points.

Parker scored 13 points in a 29-12 third quarter for France, which had runs of 12-1 and 10-0 in that stretch to put the game away.

"They were the better team," Nowitzki said. "Tony had an unbelievable night shooting the ball, getting to the paint and finishing," he said. "Offensively I really couldn't get anything going any more in the second half. They really played us physical."

Host Lithuania used a 10-1 run to close out a 75-68 win over Turkey and go to 3-0. Turkey, last year's runner-up at the world championships at home, is 2-1.

Darius Songalia led Lithuania with 12 points, while Simas Jasaitis and Rimantas Kaukenas each had 11. Ersan Ilyasova led Turkey with 20 points.

Spain and Serbia also are 3-0 and close to moving into the second round. The top three teams from each of the four groups advance.

"We're on the right path, but Lithuania and Turkey have more talent to give us more problems. We need to bring more energy and aggressiveness," Spain coach Sergio Scariolo said of his team's next Group A opponents.

Gasol's brother, Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies, added 18 points and 11 rebounds for Spain. Rudy Fernandez added 11 points for the Spaniards. Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng led Britain with 17 points.

Serbia also won its third straight, using a big fourth quarter to rally past Israel 89-80. Serbia, which lost the final to Spain two years ago, awaits games against France and Germany. Israel dropped to 0-3.

Dusko Savanovic led Serbia with 24 points, including a key 3-pointer late in the game. Nenad Krstic, the former Oklahoma City Thunder and Boston Celtics center, added 18 points and Marko Keselj had 15.

"We didn't panic even when we were down by 12," Krstic said.

In Group A, Poland won its first game, beating winless Portugal 81-73 behind 18 points from Lukasz Koszarek.