Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

United States of America beaten by France in quarter-finals in China

United States of America beaten by France in quarter-finals in China

It was the USA's first worldwide loss since the 2016 FIBA World Cup semifinals against Greece.

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The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competitions, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships before the 89-79 loss to France in the World Cup quarterfinals. Those two teams will go head-to-head on Friday, while Team USA will face off against Nikola Jokic and Serbia in a consolation game on Thursday. The U.S. will clearly have to make some major tweaks to the roster before the Olympics get underway.

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However, only two other Americans scored in double figures as Marcus Smart and Kemba Walker finished with 11 and 10 points, respectively.

Up next for France is a semi-final matchup against Argentina, while US moves into the fifth-place bracket where they'll take on Serbia. Jazz center Rudy Gobert dominated down low for the French with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 29, but there wasn't enough offensive output from the rest of the squad to hang with France late in the game.

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