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SportU.S. upset by France at FIBA World Cup, first major loss in 13 years

16:35  11 september  2019
16:35  11 september  2019 Source:   nbcsports.com

USA Basketball’s First Win at the FIBA World Cup Was Boring, And That’s a Good Thing

USA Basketball’s First Win at the FIBA World Cup Was Boring, And That’s a Good Thing USA Basketball's opening group match was quite literally a snoozer but that doesn't mean there wasn't some bright spots.

The U . S . men’ s basketball team suffered its first global tournament loss in 13 years , beaten by France 89-79 in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. The U . S ., which was bidding for the first World Cup three-peat but without any NBA superstars, will leave worlds in China without a medal.

For the first time in 13 years , there will be a new men' s FIBA World Cup champion. It' s the first time the US men won't medal at a major international competition since the 2002 FIBA World "Any loss hurts," Team USA head coach Gregg Popovich said. "And in this situation it hurts more, but life

The U.S. men’s basketball team suffered its first global tournament loss in 13 years, beaten by France 89-79 in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. The U.S., which was bidding for the first World Cup three-peat, will leave worlds in China without a medal.

U.S. upset by France at FIBA World Cup, first major loss in 13 years© Getty Images

The Americans had won 58 straight games with NBA players among the Olympics, World Cup and FIBA Americas since its last defeat in the 2006 World Cup semifinals to Greece.

The Americans, led by Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (29 points), battled back from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to lead by seven early in the fourth.

But France, with Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds), went on an 11-point run in the fourth to retake the lead. A full box score is here.

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Shocker: France upsets Team USA in World Cup quarterfinals. Chris Bumbaca. The lack of star power on Team USA' s FIBA World Cup roster drew criticism ahead of the international tournament in The loss broke the USA' s streak of 58 straight wins in international competition with NBA players.

France dealt Team USA a stunning loss in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals. For the first time since 2006, the U . S . sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won’t win gold. They led by as much as seven early in the fourth, but France came back with a 13 -2 run to take a six-point

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This U.S. team was deemed vulnerable after every NBA superstar withdrew from World Cup roster consideration.

What was left was a roster, under new head coach Gregg Popovich, with two 2019 NBA All-Stars (Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton) and one player with Olympic experience (Harrison Barnes).

That notion was confirmed with a pre-tournament loss to Australia, snapping a 78-game win streak with NBA players when including exhibitions. Then tested again in group play last week, when the U.S. eked past 17th-ranked Turkey by one point in overtime.

The U.S. was due for a step up in competition by starting knockout play against France, which has five NBA players, including Gobert, Evan Fournier and Nicolas Batum. The French challenged the Americans at the Rio Olympics, losing 100-97 in group play.

Argentina upsets Serbia, will face Team USA-France winner

Argentina upsets Serbia, will face Team USA-France winner Serbia looked like Team USA's prime threat in the FIBA World Cup. © Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty ImagesBut if the Americans beat France in tomorrow’s quarterfinal – no easy task itself – they will avoid Serbia. Argentina upset Serbia, 97-87, in another quarterfinal Tuesday. Now, Argentina will play the United States-France winner Friday. The Argentinians were confident and cohesive – traits they showed in their earlier giant-killing days. If the U.S. caught a break not having to face Serbia, it’s not much of one. Argentina (6-0) is dangerous.

It was the first loss for the U . S . in a major international tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece. A World Cup where Serbia has already made very clear it expects to win gold, where NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead Greece, where France figures

The U . S .A. men’ s basketball team had little to gain from winning the FIBA World Cup , but now its Yet those volunteers discovered the true depths of their no-win situation on Wednesday night, when the United States was outclassed early and late in an 89-79 quarterfinal loss to France at the Dongguan

The World Cup continues later Wednesday with the last quarterfinal between Australia and the Czech Republic. Spain gets that winner in Friday’s semifinals. The other semi pits the Argentina against France.

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