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Tokyo Olympics: Results and top performers from Day 3

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Day 3 of basketball action at the Tokyo Olympics did not disappoint.

Catch up with everything that went down with the final score and top performers from each game.

Women's: Japan 74, France 70

The host nation pulled off an impressive win over world No. 5 ranked France in their Olympic opener, behind an impressive defensive display.

After France took the lead late in the fourth quarter, Moeko Nagaoka sank a clutch 3-pointer with 29 seconds left to put Japan up 72-68, before Saki Hayashi sank a pair of free throws to ice the win.

Hayashi scored a team-high 12 points off the bench, while Nagaoka added 11 points and Maki Takada 10. Rui Machida dished out 11 assists in the win to go with her seven points on 3-for-3 shooting.

Japan's stifling defence and 3-point shooting was the difference on the night as they connected on 11-for-27 from long range, while France managed just 4-for-19.

Sandrine Gruda led France with 18 points and Endene Miyem 12.

What's next?

The teams in Group B are back in action on Friday when the USA takes on Japan and France takes on Nigeria.

Women's: USA 81, Nigeria 72

Team USA held off a spirited Nigeria comeback to tip-off their Olympic campaign with a win - their 50th consecutive in Olympic competition.

A'Ja Wilson led the way with 19 points, Brittney Griner added 13 and Diana Taurasi 10.

Five-time Olympian Sue Bird fell just two assists shy of the all-time Olympic assist record (Teresa Edwards, 15 in 1996), notching 13 dimes in Team USA's win. With her 11th of the night, she reached 100 Olympic assists and is now top five in single-game assists.

After Nigeria took a 20-17 lead at the end of the first quarter behind a strong defensive display, Team USA hit back with a 23-0 run in the second to take control of the contest. They extended the lead to 20 points heading into the fourth quarter before Nigeria made things interesting down the stretch with a 12-0 run, led by Ezinne Kalu. But buckets from Sylvia Fowles and Chelsea Gray settled the contest.

Team USA coughed up 25 turnovers on the night, but Nigeria couldn't capitalise due to poor shooting, going 17-for-56 (30.4 percent) from the field and 6-for-28 (21.4 percent) from the 3-point line

Ezinne Kalu led Nigeria with 16 points, while Victoria Macauley added 11. Promise Amukamare and Adora Elonue chipped in 10 points apiece.

What's next?

The teams in Group B are back in action on Friday when the USA takes on Japan and France takes on Nigeria.

Women's: Belgium 85, Australia 70

Emma Meesseman put on a scorching offensive performance against Australia, scoring 22 of her game-high 32 points in the second half, adding nine rebounds, five assists and four steals on an efficient 14-for-24 from the field.

It was a tight game through three quarters and with Belgium trailing 59-58 early in the fourth, Meesseman kick-started the pivotal 12-2 run, scoring eight points and dishing out two assists in that spurt to give Belgium the momentum down the stretch as they outscored Australia 29-13 in the final frame.

Antonia Delaere added 17 points, going 3-for-3 from beyond the arc and Julie Allemand finished with 16 points and 11 assists.

Ezi Magbegor led the Opals with 20 points, eight rebounds and two blocks in her Olympic debut, while Cayla George added 12 points and Katie Ebzery 11.

What's next?

The teams in Group C will be back in action on Friday as Belgium takes on Puerto Rico and Australia takes on China.

Women's: China 97, Puerto Rico 55

A dominant performance from China.

China got off to a strong start in this one, leading 32-17 after the first quarter, and never looked back, building as much as a 42-point lead.

10 different players scored for China, led by Li Yueru's 21 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Li Meng was the team's second-leading scorer with 15 points.

Puerto Rico shot 21-for-76 from the field in the loss.

What's next?

The teams in Group C will be back in action on Friday as Belgium takes on Puerto Rico and Australia takes on China.

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