Team USA had not been among the favorites to win the FIBA World Cup for some time ahead of their match up with France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday. But that didn’t mean that anyone was expecting them to lose this early. That, however, is what happened, with France, using its own NBA stars to upstage the Americans, captured an 89-79 victory to snap a 58-game winning run for Team USA in tournament games.
Donovan Mitchell was the game’s star performer, putting up an admirable 29 points, but all of those came in the first three quarters. That allowed France, led by the likes of Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert to take over in the final quarter in Dongguan. In total, Fournier finished with 22 and Gobert had 21 and 16 rebounds to lead the French over the Americans. The loss means that the USA can’t even medal and that the best they can hope for is a fifth-place finish.