Turning Point: Lithuania trailed 63-61 early in the fourth quarter and Turkey went on a 13-5 run over the next eight minutes to take command.
Hero: Turkey guard Ender Arslan scored seven of his 16 points in the final stanza. He was three of four (75%) from the floor and made 9 of 10 (90%) from the charity stripe.
Key stat: Turkey were superior shooting the ball from long range. They were seven of 17 (54%) while Lithuania made just nine of 25 (36%).
Turkey answered their critics with an 84-76 upset of Lithuania in the teams' Group D opener in Wroclaw.
Marijonas Petravicius had a game-high 21 points in defeat while Hedo Turkoglu led the Turks in scoring with 19.
Turkey, who struggled in the recent Efes Pilsen World Cup event they hosted, broke open a close game early in the fourth quarter.
|Linas Kleiza had 12 points for Lithuania in the loss.|
Linas Kleiza, Lithuania:
"For sure it wasn't our best game. We haven't played as we planned. We were too rushed, and didn't have enough patience. But it was just the first game. Now we have to forget about it and prepare for tomorrow."
Ramunas Butautas, Lithuania Coach:
"It is tournament and it's really, really hard to play three games in three days. We are angry because of this loss, but we have two more games to play and we will do everything to win them. Nothing has changed, we are preparing for all games in the same way."
Bogdan Tanjevic, Turkey Coach:
„I am very happy that we started this tournament beating such a great team. It is a big thing for us to start EuroBasket this way. The level of the game was very good. We controlled the game for three quarters. We made free throws and that hasn't happened for us recently."
Hidayet Turkoglu, Turkey:
"The key to victory was defense. We defended as a team. We made smart decisions and it helped us a lot. I am pleased with the good start of the tournament. We achieved our goal."