Luka Doncic-Slovenia-Argentina
Photo: FIBA Basketball

All 12 teams have played their first game in the men’s Olympic basketball tournament and the action was nothing short of entertaining.

Group A saw Team USA lose to France 83-76, while Czech Republic held off a late run by Iran to win 84-78.

Notes from Group A:

  • It was Team USA’s first Olympic loss since 2004 when they lost to Argentina.
  • Czech Republic got their first-ever Olympic win.
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Next games: USA vs. Iran, Czech Republic vs. France

In Group B, Italy closed the game against Germany on a 12-0 run en route to an opening win 92-82, while gold medal contender Australia took down Nigeria 84-67.


Next games: Nigeria vs. Germany, Italy vs. Australia

Group C had fireworks thanks to Luka Doncic, as he scored 48 points to lead Slovenia to a 118-100 win over 2019 FIBA World Cup runner-up Argentina, while FIBA World Cup champion Spain defeated host nation Japan 88-77.

Notes from Group C:

  • It was Slovenia’s first-ever Olympic win.
  • Doncic’s 48 points were the most ever scored by a European player in an Olympic basketball game and also the second most points in an Olympic game behind Brazil’s Oscar Schmidt (55 points).

Next games: Slovenia vs. Japan, Spain vs. Argentina