France Hands Team USA First International Loss Since 2006

France Hands Team USA First International Loss Since 2006

The Americans, two-time defending champs with a roster full of National Basketball Association players but few stars, hadn't lost a World Cup or Olympic game since September 1, 2006, a 48-game winning streak. Marcus Smart scored 11 points off the bench for Team USA and Kemba Walker added 10 points.

Despite the loss, the USA did secure a berth into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but can only finish at least fifth in the World Cup tournament.

Team USA had taken gold at the previous two world championships.

The U.S. faces Serbia in the consolation round Thursday.

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The players who chose not to be a part of this year's United States of America team assembled for the FIBA World Cup were a bigger topic of conversation than the players who were actually a part of it.

France had been 0-9 against the major worldwide play before Wednesday's win. Unlike the US, they had scoring from more than one individual, too; to go with Gobert's 21 points, Fournier got 22, Nando de Colo recorded 18, and Ntilikina got 11, though many of his points came at vital times in the game, most notably hitting a three-pointer to give France some breathing room in the fourth quarter.

If there's any silver living to this year's FIBA World Cup for the United States, it's that it was able to qualify for next year's Olympic games in Japan before being eliminated from medal contention.

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