Nigeria hold on to claim win - London 2012 - Basketball
The major players in men's international Basketball all enjoyed routine wins on Day 2 of London 2012, while Nigeria held on to win an exciting contest with Tunisia.
Patty Mills did his best to keep the Boomers in touch, finishing with 18 points, but Brazil's big men proved more than Australia could handle.
Brazil's Tiago Splitter said afterwards: 'We didn't play at 100% but we are happy because we fought to win a good game.'
Nigeria used their superior size to dominate the first half and led 29-10 midway through the second quarter. Tunisia found their shooting rhythm but were edged out in an entertaining game.
In the end, Al-Farouq Aminu led Nigeria with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Although the French, who have plenty of high-calibre talent in their squad, were able to match them for the first quarter, the defending champions quickly began to wear them down thereafter.
A score gap of one at the end of the first had become a deficit of 16 by half-time, before nearing 30 in the final minutes.
Pau Gasol scored 21 points while Serge Ibaka added 17, Juan Carlos Navarro 14 and Jose Calderon 12.
Great Britain's long-awaited return to action in Olympic men's Basketball ended in a 95-75 defeat as they were on the wrong end of an explosive display from Russian star Andrei Kirilenko.
Britain battled hard but committed a series of costly turnovers and were made to pay by Kirilenko, who finished with 35 points.
Britain's own star Luol Deng shone brightly as he poured in 26 points and Pops Mensah-Bonsu added 22, but Russia always had an answer.