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Team USA loses to France, exits FIBA World Cup without a medal

11 September 2019

United States of America entered the game with a 58-game win streak in major worldwide competitions, which tells you all you need to know.

Team USA will not medal in the FIBA World Cup, a disappointment for a program that's dominated worldwide competition, after losing 89-79 to France on Wednesday in China.

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The U.S. led by seven points in the fourth quarter after being down by as much as 10 early in the second half.

Mitchell finished with a game-high 29 points for Team USA and was on pace to eclipse Kevin Durant's single-game record of 38 against Lithuania at the 2010 World Championship. By finishing in the top two of the Western Hemisphere teams in the group stage, the US secured their place in the 2020 Olympic Games, yet it appears as though that saw them come into Wednesday's encounter with France in a more relaxed mood. The Utah Jazz center also notched a late block on National Basketball Association teammate Donovan Mitchell with seconds left to emphatically keep the U.S.at bay. Frank Ntilikina also added 11 points and played some solid defense on both Walker and Mitchell for France.

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The win sends France to the semifinals where it will face Argentina, which scored an impressive upset victory over Nikola Jokic and Serbia.

The U.S. were clear favourites coming into Wednesday's match, and history supported that: they had won five straight gold medals at the World Cup and the Olympics. Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier led the way for the French.

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Team USA loses to France, exits FIBA World Cup without a medal