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

France have sensationally bundled the United States of America out of the FIBA World Cup in a pulsating quarter-final, putting the foot down in the fourth quarter (outscoring the U.S. 26-13) to take the victory, 89-79. According to SportsCenter, the loss marks Team's USA's first time losing in worldwide play with National Basketball Association players on their roster since 2006 when they fell to Greece.

Evan Fournier scored 22 points, while Rudy Gobert finished with 21.

France will meet Argentina on Friday for a berth in Sunday's final while 2006 champions Spain take on the winners of the Australia v Czech Republic quarter-final, who were playing later on Wednesday.


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

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.

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell led the way for Team USA with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, while Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (11 points, two assists) and Kemba Walker (10 points, three rebounds) added some production of their own, but ultimately it wasn't enough.

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