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Tokyo Olympics: Results and top performers from Quarterfinals of Men's Basketball

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The Semifinals at the Tokyo Olympics are set (Getty Images)

Four exciting Quarterfinals later, the four semi-finalists are set for the Men's Basketball Draw at the Tokyo Olympics.

  • United States vs. Australia - Thursday, Aug. 5, 12:15 a.m. ET/9:45 a.m. IST
  • France vs. Slovenia - Thursday, Aug. 5, 7:00 a.m. ET/4:30 p.m. IST

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

Slovenia 94, Germany 70

In their first-ever Olympics appearance, the fairytale continues for Slovenia .

The Luka Doncic-led nation led for all but 1:29 minutes of the game, including their largest lead of 29, to cruise to a 24-point victory. Germany stayed within striking distance for the 1.5 quarters for the game but after that, Slovenia ran away with it.

Slovenia outscored Germany 53-33 over the final 21 minutes of the game. Doncic and Zoran Dragic did the heavy lifting for the Slovenians.

While the Mavericks guard put up 20 points, 11 assists, eight rebounds and two steals, the 32-year-old Dragic scored 27 in 30 minutes on an impeccable 11-of-13 shooting from the field, including 5-of-7 from 3-point range while also recording six rebounds, four assists and three steals.

What's next?

After a day off, Slovenia will face France for a spot in the gold-medal game at 8:00 p.m local time.

USA 95, Spain 81

The reigning Olympic gold medalist vs. reigning World Champions. No. 1 vs. No. 2 (on the FIBA rankings).

The mouth-watering contest did not disappoint. Early on, it was pretty close before Spain opened it up about halfway through the second quarter and held their largest lead of 10 (39-29).

However, Team USA closed the first half on a 14-4 run to tie things up at 43 at intermission before opening the game up in the second half with a 22-6 run to start the third quarter. They outscored Spain 52-38 in the second half, thus keeping the Spaniards away from a gold medal for a fifth-straight Olympics.

Although Kevin Durant led the five double-digit scorers for Team USA with 29, Ricky Rubio topped the scoring charts for the game with his 38 points - a career-high and the most scored by a Spainard at the Olympics.

The reigning World Champions dominated every category that they could win with size - rebounds (42-32), second-chance points (11-6) and blocks (7-1) - however, once Team USA tightened things up on the defensive end, they turned the tide of the game, scoring 17 points off Spain's 17 turnovers, recording 14 steals to Spain's three.

What's next?

After a day off, Team USA will face Australia for a spot in the gold-medal game at 1:15 p.m local time.

France 84, Italy 75

A close and competitive game, with eight lead changes and nine ties, saw France come out top courtesy of a 21-12 third quarter.

The Italians battled back in the fourth quarter, overcoming a 14-point third-quarter deficit, but it wasn't enough. Simone Fontecchio was the top scorer for Italy with 23 points while NBA veteran Danilo Gallinari finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds.

For the French, who are stocked with multiple NBA talents, were led in contribution by the NBA's reigning Defensive Player of the Year - Rudy Gobert, who recorded 22 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block on 10-of-13 shooting from the field.

Other key contributors for France were Evan Fournier, who chipped in with 21 points and four assists, and Nicolas Batum, who recorded 15 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks.

What's next?

After a day off, France will face Slovenia for a spot in the gold-medal game at 8:00 p.m local time.

Australia 97, Argentina 59

Australia trailed early on, but the deficit didn't last long.

The Boomers outscored Argentina 79-37 over the final three quarters to earn a 38-point victory, thanks largely to a dominant effort on the defensive end.

Per usual, Patty Mills led the way for Australia with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting, but he was one of five players that finished in double figures for the Boomers. In addition to having five double-figure scorers, each member of the Boomers that saw action in the game got on the board as a scorer.

Even more impressive? Australia assisted on 33 of its 35 made field goals, led by seven assists from Joe Ingles.

The game also marked the end of a legendary Olympic career for Argentina's Luis Scola, who, at 41, was competing in his fifth Olympic games. Argentina was led by 16 points from Nicolas Laprrovittola, while Gavriel Deck finished with 12 points.

What's next?

Australia is onto the Semifinals, where it will meet Team USA at 1:15 p.m. local time.

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