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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

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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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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

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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.

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