Americans suffer embarrassing World Cup basketball loss after stars' exodus

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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 had won the past two World Cups and not lost in 58 global games, a run stretching back to 2006. Donovan Mitchell led all scorers with 29 points for the US. France capitalised on that and were led by the exceptional Rudy Gobert, as well as Evan Fournier and Frank Ntilikina.

The Americans were always going to be susceptible inside because of the makeup of their own roster.

Team USA's hopes of winning a third consecutive FIBA gold medal - and sixth consecutive worldwide gold medal - are now over.


Wednesday's loss came to a French team with National Basketball Association players Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert, who combined for 43 points. The U.S. had won two straight World Cups before the defeat. 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.

This will be the first time the United States have failed to win a medal at the World Cup since 2002, when they finished sixth.

France had been 0-9 against the U.S.in major global play before Wednesday's win.

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