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

In the fourth, Team USA squandered a seven-point lead and went scoreless over six consecutive possessions at one point.

France have sensationally bundled the U.S. out of the FIBA World Cup in a pulsating quarter-final, putting the foot down in the fourth quarter (outscoring the United States 26-13) to take the victory, 89-79.

The U.S. men's national basketball team will not medal in a major global competition for the first time since the 2002 FIBA World Championship, when an embarrassing performance inevitably led to a complete revamping of the program.

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

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. faces Serbia in the consolation round Thursday.

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Shooting guard Donovan Mitchell of the NBA's Utah Jazz scored 29 points as he helped the Americans to cut down a 10-point French advantage in the third quarter and seize back the lead in the southern Chinese city of Dongguan. Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina had 11 points for France. His Frenchmen just snapped a 58-game win streak in worldwide tournament play by the Americans. The Utah Jazz center also notched a late block on National Basketball Association teammate Donovan Mitchell with seconds left to emphatically keep the bay. They already had qualified for next year's Summer Games in Tokyo. Mitchell's willingness to attack the tin with abandon sets him apart from much of Team USA.

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The Olympic team for 2020 will look quite different from this squad, but they'll be coming into the competition with something to prove for the first time in a long time. The U.S. had won two straight World Cups before the defeat. Team USA is the other team in the classification round. As he does in the NBA, Gobert has protected the paint, controlled the glass and found efficient ways to score for France. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum missed the game with an ankle injury. While Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart were productive, neither jumped out in a way to indicate that they were on the verge of a breakout season.

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