Germany 71, Iceland 65
It was awfully close but Germany’s experience proved too much in the end.
Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Schroder scored 15 points apiece to lead the Germans to a 71-65 victory over Iceland in Day 1 of the EuroBasket 2015.
Iceland outscored Germany 22-12 in the final quarter as Jon Steffansson topped all scorers with 23 points for the team considered an outsider in the tough Group B.
Nowitzki needed time to get into the game but also contributed seven rebounds. Schroder had six rebounds and four assists.
Netherlands 73, Georgia 72
The Netherlands haven’t been anywhere near a EuroBasket tourney for the last 26 years but what a way to come back.
Robin Smeulders hit the go-ahead bucket with 18 seconds left to play enabling the Dutch to squeak one off Georgia, 73-72, in Group C. Charlon Kloof paced Netherlands with 22 while Worthy De Jong added 16.
NBA big man Zaza Pachulia led Georgia with 16 points, 6 rebounds, and assists.
Other games: Poland beat Bosnia-Herzegovina 68-64 in Group A in Montpellier, France, and the Czech Republic routed Estonia 80-57 in Group D in Riga, Latvia.