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France beats Lithuania 95-93 to win bronze at Basketball World Cup

  • France's Rudy Gobert and Thomas Heurtel celebrate their bronze medal at the end of the match during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    France's Rudy Gobert and Thomas Heurtel celebrate their bronze medal at the end of the match during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's coach Vincent Collet reacts to his players during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    France's coach Vincent Collet reacts to his players during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lithuania's Renaldas Seibutis pushes the ball up the basket against France's Joffrey Lauvergne during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

    Lithuania's Renaldas Seibutis pushes the ball up the basket against France's Joffrey Lauvergne during the 3rd place final of the World Basketball between France and Lithuania at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)  (The Associated Press)

France came from behind in the final quarter to beat Lithuania 95-93 and win the bronze medal at the Basketball World Cup on Saturday.

Lithuania led by seven points entering the fourth period, and center Jonas Valanciunas scored five points to put Lithuania ahead by three points with three minutes to play.

But Boris Diaw drove twice to score contested lay-ups as France went ahead and held on.

The final minute became a parade of both teams exchanging free throw attempts, but France's shooters didn't waver.

Nicolas Batum led France with a game-high 27 points, while Diaw added 15.

Valanciunas paced Lithuania with 25 points to go with nine rebounds.

The United States plays Serbia on Sunday in the final.