Andrew Bogut, Australia Shock France in Olympic Opener

By Isaac Harris

Regarded by many as the second best team in the Olympics besides USA, France was shocked on Saturday after losing to Andrew Bogut and Australia.

In the opening basketball game of the 2016 Rio Olympics, Australia shocked everyone by taking down heavyweight France by a large margin on Saturday of 87-66.

For Mavs fans, it was a huge day for incoming center Andrew Bogut as the big man for Australia looked healthier than ever after his injury in the NBA Finals a few short months ago.

From his monstrous alley-oop throw downs to his guard-like passing ability, Bogut simply put on a show in Rio as he started the game shooting 8-8 from the field. Known for his defensive presence in the paint, it was his offense that led the way for Australia.

Bogut finished the game with 18 points on 9/10 shooting. He also had four rebounds, five assists, and a block on 23 minutes of play.

This is a big stat line for the veteran big man as he went against arguably the best defensive center in the Olympics in Rudy Gobert.

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It was Patty Mills that led the way for Australia with 21 points as Matthew Dellavedova led the team in assists with 10.

For France, it was Tony Parker that led the way with 18 points as Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert combined for just 10 points.

The key to the whole game: Australia tallied 29 total assists. Ball movement and team chemistry was well on display as they routed France for most of the game.

See full box score here.

Although it’s just a game into the Olympics, fans of the Dallas Mavericks are thrilled as they just watched their best center since 2011 Tyson Chandler in Andrew Bogut.