In the match to determine the last team to go to Indianapolis next year, the first period was a period of runs from both parties. Russia jumped to a quick 11-5 lead with 3 baskets behind the arc in 3 consecutive possessions, immediately followed by an 8-0 French run. There was a long stop in the game due to a mistake at the scorer's table where a foul by Bachimov was omitted. Russia used this to their advantage and closed the period outscoring France 15-4 at the end of the period with a 19-26 lead. The 3 fouls picked by Serguei Panov was the only concern for Russia with 7 players on the scoresheet led by Tchikalkine's 8.
Unforced errors by Russia helped France, who took full advantage with the substitute Parker bringing up the defensive intensity with 2 steals and Evtimov doing the much-needed post-up moves, to come right back into the match. Russia committed 10 turnovers by the end of the half. However, their 19-13 lead in rebounds and 5/10 3-point shooting, in which Tchikalkine hit all 3 of his attempts for a game-high 13 points, helped them maintain a 5-point lead at half-time: 36-41. France had no scorers in double figures and missed it all from behind the arc in 6 tries.
Laurent Foirest, who only had 2 points in the first half, found his range by scoring 11, 7 of those in 3 consecutive possessions, in the third. This helped France to get ahead at 06:03: 44-43. It remained close throughout the quarter from then on: A tie game at 54.
Russia executed their offensive plan very well, hitting 4 3-point field goals (2 by Panov) in 4 minutes. Russia's defence also did its job allowing only 6 points in 6 minutes. Then, it was Kirilenko's turn to show what he is capable of. In 90 seconds, he managed to score a 3-pointer, a basket with a foul and 2 blocked shots. The score was 65-71 in favour of Russia when the French coach Alain Weisz decided to play a trapping full-court press 02:58 with only Jim Bilba in the game as a big man. Russia kept their poise to keep away any challenges from the flashy point guard Tony Parker, who finished with 17 points, and converted their free throws in order to get the last ticket for the World Championship: 73-78. Kirilenko played a great game with 22 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks.