San Antonio Spurs: France upsets Team USA 89-79

San Antonio Spurs: France upsets Team USA 89-79

But it ultimately didn't matter as France handed Team USA their first global loss since 2006 and knocked them out of the FIBA World Cup earlier than expected by the score of 89-79.

The US lost to Greece in the World Cup semi-finals in 2006 but then went on a 58-game winning streak with National Basketball Association players on the roster that brought them three Olympic golds and two World Cup crowns.

The American team was bidding to become the first nation to win three consecutive World Cups, after winning three straight Olympic golds in that span. The Americans rebounded to win gold at the Beijing Olympics two years later and also won the two Olympic tournaments that followed.

Australia will use the enduring pain of the Rio 2016 Olympics when they face Spain in the other semi-final. He tallied just two shot attempts in the fourth, and his second attempt came with Team USA down 10 in the final 10 seconds.


Coach Gregg Popovich deflected talk about his missing megastars after Team USA's glorious run in major competition came to a juddering halt on Wednesday at the hands of France. With center Rudy Gobert, wing Nicolas Batum and guards Evan Fournier and Frank Ntilikina, the French had about as many top-line pros as the Americans.

None of the US players who played that afternoon in Rio is on this year's World Cup team.

Going small did not correspond to an increased effectiveness in defending ball screens; Ntilikina still managed a huge 3-pointer to tie the game at 76-all with 4:30 left, and Fournier beat Mitchell for the bucket that put France ahead for good at 78-76.

Before the third quarter, the Americans struggled to score easy buckets. At the end of the third, the Americans led 66-63.


While the USA was eliminated from medal contention, the Jazz may have won more than anyone else in this whole affair, their players not only flourishing in key roles for their individual outfits, but on account of the experience - particularly for Mitchell and Gobert - gained in such a competition.

France: Gobert played the first 12:26. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum missed the game with an ankle injury.

Australia's win over the Czech Republic in the other quarterfinal on Wednesday gave France something else to celebrate - an Olympic berth. France took advantage of mismatches again, and Team USA went away from Mitchell - he didn't score in the fourth.


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