Japan stuns France 81-75 in pre-Olympic exhibition (VIDEO)


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World #42 Japan beats World #7 France, 81-75 in tuneup game in preparation for the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday, July 18, at Saiden Chemical Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura led Akatsuki Five with 19 points on 7-of-15 shooting with seven rebounds and two assists while Toronto Raptors forward Yuta Watanabe added 18 points on 6-of-13 shooting along with 9 rebounds, two assists, two steals and a block.

Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier finished with 16 points (2/5 2pt, 3/8 3pt) with 4 assists, 2 rebounds and 1 steal, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert added 11 points (4/5 fg, 3/4 ft), 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks. Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum scored 10 points (3/5 fg), 6 rebounds, 5 assist and 1 steal for Les Blues.


The Scores:

JAPAN 81 - Hachimura 19, Yuta Watanabe 18, Hiejima 15, Edwards 7, Tanaka 6, Baba 6, Togashi 5, Schafer 3, Kanamaru 2, Harimoto 0, Vendrame DNP, Hiyu Watanabe DNP.

FRANCE 75 - Fournier 16, Gobert 11, Batum 10, Yabusele 9, Luwawu-Cabarrot 8, Heurtel 7, de Colo 6, Fall 5, Albicy 3, Poirier 0, Cornelie DNP, Ntilikina DNP.

Quarters: 18-14, 46-30, 61-58, 81-75.

Japan vs. France (Full Highlights) July 18

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