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SportA shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

17:00  11 september  2019
17:00  11 september  2019 Source:   ap.org

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" We beat the U . S ., and that's huge, but we haven't won anything yet," France 's Nicolas Batum said. France had been 0-9 against the U . S . in major None of the U . S . players who played that afternoon in Rio is on this year's World Cup team. France outrebounded the U . S . 21-12 in the first half, Gobert

The U . S . reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup . For the first time since 2006, the U . S . sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and.

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The U.S. has been ousted from medal contention by France at the World Cup, failing to capture gold at a major international tournament for the first time since the 2006 world championships.

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters© Zhizhao Wu DONGGUAN, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 11: #15 Kemba Walker and #4 Derrick White of USA show their dejection after the quarter final of 2019 FIBA World Cup between USA and France at Dongguan Basketball Center on September 11, 2019 in Dongguan, China. (Photo by Zhizhao Wu/Getty Images)

Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U.S. 89-79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth-quarter deficit to pull off the upset.

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US will not medal at the basketball World Cup , falling 89 - 79 to France in the quarterfinals. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U . S . 89 - 79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth- quarter deficit

Frances win over United States 89 - 79 . (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)AP. Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U . S . 89 - 79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth- quarter deficit to pull off the upset.

The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competition, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships and continuing through every FIBA Americas, World Cup and Olympics event since. It was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span.

But the best the Americans can do now in China is finish fifth. They're going home with a berth in the 2020 Olympics secured, but no medal.

"We came here to win gold," Gobert said. "We knew it wasn't going to be easy. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win."

Gobert said beating the Americans wasn't the goal — winning gold is.

"It doesn't mean anything if you don't win in the end," Gobert said.

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A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win." Gobert said beating the Americans wasn't the goal — winning gold is. "It doesn't mean anything if you Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U . S ., all of them coming in the first three quarters . The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive

and France beat the U . S . 89 - 79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth- quarter deficit to pull off the upset. A lot of people counted us out, but we got the win." Gobert said beating the Americans wasn't the goal — winning gold is. "It doesn't mean anything

Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points for the U.S., all of them coming in the first three quarters. The Americans came up scoreless on six consecutive possessions down the stretch, the drought that allowed the French to take control of a back-and-forth game for the final time.

Nando De Colo scored 18 for France.

France was up 10 early in the second half. The U.S. went on a 31-14 run over the next 10 minutes to go up by seven. And then the French responded with a 15-2 run over the next five minutes, going up 82-76 on a long jumper by Frank Ntilikina with 2:05 left.

Mitchell had a chance to get the U.S. within two with about a minute left, driving against Gobert — but the Jazz center read what the Jazz guard was going to do perfectly, swatting the try away.

France had been 0-9 against the U.S. in major international play, most of those outcomes one-sided affairs. But the last meeting between the nations was only a 100-97 U.S. win at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics three years ago, and France returned three players — Gobert, De Colo and Nicolas Batum — who got minutes in that game.

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France defeated United States 89 - 79 . (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan). Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U . S . 89 - 79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth- quarter deficit to pull off the upset.

France defeated United States 89 - 79 . (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan). Evan Fournier scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds and France beat the U . S . 89 - 79 in the World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday, rallying from a seven-point fourth- quarter deficit to pull off the upset.

None of the U.S. players who played that afternoon in Rio are on this year's World Cup team.

France outrebounded the U.S. 21-12 in the first half, Gobert found his way to the line 10 times in the game's first 20 minutes and the Americans went into the break trailing 45-39. The U.S. had trailed for 8:25 in their first five games combined — and trailed for 11:24 in the first half alone on Wednesday.

Fournier's layup with 7:33 left in the third gave France a 53-43 lead, and that's when Mitchell got going.

He had 14 points in the third quarter alone, and his dunk with 2:40 left pulled the U.S. into a 60-60 tie. Marcus Smart made three free throws after getting fouled by Gobert to put the U.S. back on top, and the Americans took a 66-63 lead into the fourth.

But they couldn't finish it off.

TIP-INS

France: Gobert played the first 12:26. The longest he went before getting his first break in a Jazz game last season was 11:30. ... Ntilikina scored 11 for France.

U.S.: Smart scored 11 and Kemba Walker had 10 for the U.S. ... Before Mitchell's offensive outburst Wednesday, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown's 20-point game against Japan in the opening group round. ... Jayson Tatum (sprained left ankle) missed his fourth consecutive game.

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“ We beat the U . S ., and that’s huge, but we haven’t won anything yet,” France ’s Nicolas Batum said. France had been 0-9 against the U . S . in major None of the U . S . players who played that afternoon in Rio is on this year’s World Cup team. France outrebounded the U . S . 21-12 in the first half, Gobert

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U . S . reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup . For the first time since 2006, the U . S . sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold.

UP NEXT

France: Faces Argentina in semifinals at Beijing on Friday.

U.S.: Faces Serbia in consolation round at Dongguan on Thursday.

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