Dirk Nowitzki made four free throws in the last 19 seconds, leading Germany past Turkey 73-67 Friday at the European Championship.
France rallied with a big fourth quarter despite playing without Tony Parker to defeat Italy 91-84 on Sunday and advance to the second round of the European basketball championship.
The American team left Monday for Madrid, a day after routing France in their lone home exhibition. They will play three quality opponents before they arrive in Turkey for the world championships that start Aug. 28.
European nations just ended an intense three weeks of qualifying for Eurobasket 2009 with Serbia and Turkey dominating the usual powerful Italian and French squads, writes Ian Whittell.
Team USA will face plenty of size in its exhibition game against Turkey, writes Chris Sheridan.