Published: Sat, August 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Australia Hand US National Basketball Team First Loss In 13 Years

Australia Hand US National Basketball Team First Loss In 13 Years

The Aussies rallied to pull off the 98-94 upset in front of 52,000 people during a World Cup exhibition game at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne - snapping the American men's 78-game win streak in major worldwide tournaments and exhibitions.

While the Americans will still be fielding a very formidable side for the upcoming FIBA World Cup tournament in China which kicks off next week, Kuzma is still going to be a considerable loss for a squad that many consider to now have a lack of star power.

"They wanted it more than us tonight", Walker said.

The teams have played 26 times since 1964 but the Boomers had never been triumphant.

"It's a building block for us", Mills said postgame.

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Patty Mills wants Australia to build on its first victory over the United States when the Aussies chase history at the FIBA World Cup.

The official team roster, coached by Gregg Popovich, will include Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), Jaylen Brown (Boston Celtics), Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), Khris Middleton (Bucks), Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), Mason Plumlee (Denver Nuggets), Marcus Smart (Celtics), Jayson Tatum (Celtics), Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers), Kemba Walker (Celtics) and Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs). Donovan Mitchell's 3-pointer with 1:05 left got the USA within 97-94, the Americans forced a stop on the ensuing possession and had two chances to tie - but Mitchell's 3-pointer was off, Joe Harris missed a corner 3 a few seconds later and Mills iced the game with a free throw.

Bogut caused the United States all sorts of trouble on the inside to finish with 16 points, nine rebounds and four assists. Kemba Walker scored a team-high 22 points in the defeat. "They play a great style of basketball".

It raises hopes of finally bringing home their first medal at either a World Cup or Olympics, with their first match against Canada in China on 1 September. In all, the USA has given nine different players at least one start on the pre-World Cup tour.

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