Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 41 for Greece in the star-studded EuroBasket on Tuesday

MILAN (AP) – The stars were out in force at Tuesday’s EuroBasket.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points in 27 minutes for Greece, Luka Doncic had 36 points for Slovenia and two-time reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic scored 29 points for Serbia – three of the world’s best players led the their teams to great victories in the groups in the European championships.

Everyone has one more group game left to play and then a trip to Berlin awaits, as Greece, Slovenia and Serbia have all booked their places in the 16-team knockout round that starts on Saturday.

Antetokounmpo’s point total was the most in a EuroBasket game since Dirk Nowitzki had 43 for Germany in 2001. And when he heard that stat, all Antetokounmpo did was nod.

“I try not to rate my performance,” Antetokounmpo said. “I just try to go out there and have as much fun as possible, try to focus as much as I can on what I can control, try to bring energy in any way I can. … But I will say this: I think this is one of those years where I’m really, really excited to go out there on the court and play with my teammates.”

As Antetokounmpo did, Doncic also deflected credit after the game. Saying that Germany’s reaction after the match was “Luka Doncic happened”, Doncic responded by saying “Slovenia happened”.

“The whole team was ready,” Doncic said. “Everybody who stepped on the field competed, whether they played one minute or 30. I’m really proud of this team.”

Doncic was asked after the game whether he or Antetokounmpo was in a better position to break the single-game scoring record at EuroBasket.

Doncic didn’t hesitate with his answer: He chose Antetokounmpo.

“I would bet on Giannis,” Doncic said. “Why? Why is Giannis Antetokounmpo”.

GROUP C

GREECE 99, UKRAINE 79

In Milan, Antetokounmpo simply defeated Ukraine and ensured Greece would finish top of their group.

Antetokounmpo – who took Monday off to rest – had 41 points and nine rebounds in just 27 minutes to lead Greece (4-0).

He was 13 of 18 from the floor, 15 of 18 from the foul line.

“It was very easy to prepare the team because it’s absolutely clear what Greece does when Giannis is out there,” Ukraine coach Einars Bagatskis said. “They play very aggressive basketball. And if you don’t give them the same aggression, even more aggression, then you have big problems.”

Nick Calathes and Tyler Dorsey each had 13 for Greece.

Issuf Sanon and Svi Mykhailiuk each scored 16 for Ukraine (3-1), while Alex Len and Illya Sydorov added 10 each. Ukraine led by seven at halftime, before Greece won the third quarter 32-11.

ESTONIA 94, M. BRITAIN 62

Henri Drell scored 20 points, Siim-Sander Vene added 18 and Estonia had no trouble en route to their first win of the tournament.

Maik-Kalev Kotsar scored 15, Kristjan Kitsing added 14 and Janari Joesaar finished with 11 for Estonia (1-3).

Miles Hesson scored 14 for Great Britain (0-4), with Carl Witty and Patrick Whelan scoring 12 each.

ITALY 81, CROATIA 76

Simone Fontecchio and Nicolo Melli each scored 19 points to lead Italy (2-2).

Bojan Bogdanovic led Croatia (2-2) with 27 points, while Ivica Zubac scored 13 and Dario Saric added 10.

Both teams are headed to the knockout round.

GROUP B

SLOVENIA 88, GERMANY 80

In Cologne, Germany, Doncic’s 36 points came on 14-of-25 shooting. He also had 10 rebounds for Slovenia (3-1).

Goran Dragic scored 18 points and Mike Tobey had 10 for Slovenia.

“We showed what we’re made of,” Dragic said.

Dennis Schroder scored 19 points, Andreas Obst 14 and Maodo Lo added 13 for Germany (3-1).

LITHUANIA 87, HUNGARY 64

Lithuanian basketball is known for many things, including passionate fans.

They go everywhere to cheer for their national team. And on Tuesday, they were even cheering for France – for good reason.

Lithuania edged out Hungary and that, combined with France’s win over Bosnia-Herzegovina, means the final qualifying spot from Group B is still up for grabs. It will be decided on Wednesday when Lithuania play Bosnia-Herzegovina, the winner will move to Berlin and in a round of 16 match, the loser will be eliminated.

“Lithuanian fans are the best,” said French guard Evan Fournier.

If France had lost on Tuesday, Lithuania would have been eliminated. Instead, those Lithuanian fans booed the French with shouts of “Merci!” to keep their national team’s hopes alive.

“It feels amazing,” said Lithuania forward Domatas Sabonis. “They travel to every league to support us. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t give them a win at the weekend, but we’re happy we were able to give them today and the aim is to give them another tomorrow.”

Jonas Valanciunas scored 21 points on 10-of-13 shooting and Sabonis added 19 for Lithuania (1-3).

Marius Grigonis had 15 points and Rokas Dzokubaitis had 10 for Lithuania. Zoltan Perl scored 16 for Hungary (0-4), while David Vojvoda and Roscoe Allen each finished with 10.

FRANCE 81, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA 68

Thomas Heurtel’s 3-pointer with 5:49 left put France ahead to stay and started a 22-7 run for the winners, who had already secured a spot in the Round of 16.

Guerschon Yabusele scored 15 for France (3-1), while Heurtel and Fournier each had 14 and Rudy Gobert had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Jusuf Nurkic, Miralem Halilovic and Dzanan Musa all had 14 for Bosnia-Herzegovina (2-2), while John Roberson had 13 and Edin Atic finished with 10.

TEAM A

TURKEY 78, BELGIUM 63

In Tbilisi, Georgia, Alperen Sengun scored 24 points, Furkan Korkmaz had 16 and Turkey (3-1) remained tied atop Group A.

Ercan Osmani added 12 for Turkey.

Haris Bratanovic scored 15 for Belgium (2-2) and Hans Vanvin 11.

SPAIN 82, MONTENEGRO 65

Spain (3-1) earned its place in the round of 16, with Dario Brizuela leading the way with 18 points.

Willy Hernangomez scored 14 for Spain, while Jaime Pradilla and Lorenzo Brown added 12 each.

Vladimir Mihajlovic scored 18 for Montenegro (2-2), which got 11 from Marko Simonovic and 10 from Kendrick Perry.

BULGARIA 92, GEORGIA 80

De Bost had 33 points and 12 assists, Alexander Vezenkov finished with 28 points and 14 rebounds, and Bulgaria kept their hopes alive.

Pavlin Ivanov scored 17 for Bulgaria (1-3).

Goga Bitatze scored 21 for Georgia (1-3), while Thadous McFadden had 19, Alexander Mamukelasvili scored 13 and Giorgi Sermandini and Duda Sanadze scored 10 each.

TEAM D

SERBIA 89, ISRAEL 78

In Prague, Jokic was 11 of 13 from the floor and also grabbed 11 rebounds for Serbia (4-0), while Vasilije Micic added 19.

Nikola Kalinic and Ognien Jaramaz each scored 10 for Serbia.

Yam Madar scored 20 for Israel (2-2), while Deni Avdija had 14 and Roman Sorkin added 11.

POLAND 75, NETHERLANDS 69

Poland trailed by 13 in the third quarter before closing out the game on a 39-20 run to set itself up for an appearance in the knockout stages.

Michal Sokolowski scored 24 for Poland (3-1), which got 16 from Aleksander Balcerowski and 10 from Jakub Garbacz.

Charlon Kloof led the Netherlands (0-4) with 26, and Yannick Franke scored 13.

FINLAND 98, CZECH REPUBLIC 88

Lauri Markkanen continued his strong tournament with 34 points and 10 rebounds as Finland advanced to the Round of 16.

Sasu Salin scored 23 and Petteri Koponen added 14 for Finland, with Elias Valtonen finishing with 11.

Vojtech Hruban scored 22 for the Czech Republic, with Jan Vesely adding 15 and Patrik Auda and Jaromir Bohacik scoring 13 each. The Czechs play Israel on Thursday and, according to FIBA, could reach the knockout stage with a win.

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