Brazil continues their run of furious fourth quarters, but Croatia managed to hold off the host nation to improve to 2-1 at the Rio Olympics.
For the third straight game, Brazil was involved in frenetic fourth quarter that came down to the final minute. But, unlike their win over Spain, Brazil came up short against Croatia.
Bojan Bogdanovic was deadly for the Croatians, scoring 33 points, a Rio Olympic high, on 10-of-16 shooting, including three daggers from beyond the arc. Dario Saric added 15 points, seven rebounds, three assists and a block for the winning side.
Marcelo Huertas led Brazil with an efficient performance, tallying 10 points, eight assists, two rebounds and two steals. Huertas, who did not have a turnover in the contest, helped to engineer a Brazilian run in the fourth that saw Croatia's lead shrink from 11 points to just three. Cheered on by a crazed home crowd, Brazil threatened to even the score on multiple occassions in the fourth, but Croatia answered every Brazilian run with a mini-spurt of their own.
Leandro Barbosa scored a team high 16 points, but struggled from the outside. He shot two-of-eight from distance. Nene looked like he could be a difference maker at times, but he could not get in a consistent groove and finished with five points on 2-10 shooting.
The win improves Croatia to 2-1 in Group B and puts them in a good position to move on to the knockout round. The host nation will need to win one of its remaining two games to have a chance to make the quarterfinals.