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Friday / November 22.
  • USA stunned by France in Basketball World Cup

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    The United States was upset by France in the quarterfinals of the FIBA Basketball World Cup, 89-79, on Wednesday in Dongguan, China.

    Evan Fournier of the Orlando Magic had 22 points for France and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz went for 21 and 16 rebounds. Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina scored 7 of his 11 points in the fourth quarter and added 3 assists in the win while holding Kemba Walker to 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting with 0 assists, 3 rebounds and 4 turnovers.

    Donovan Mitchell led the U.S. with 29 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists but was scoreless in the fourth quarter. Marcus Smart had 11 points and Jaylen Brown had 9 points and 4 rebounds. Jayson Tatum (ankle) did not play.

    The Americans are now in fifth place and won’t medal at an international event for the first time since 2002. The U.S. had won 58 straight games in FIBA and Olympic competition, going back to a loss to Greece in the 2006 world championship in Japan.

    “Any loss hurts,” Team USA coach Gregg Popovich said per The New York Times. “This situation hurts more, but life goes on. This is very important. We would have loved to have won, just like any other team would love to win all their games in this tournament. But we’re all grown. We all have families, lives, and life goes on.”

    The USA was playing without several top stars who pulled out, including Anthony Davis, James Harden, Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal.

    The Americans were 5-0 entering the game.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.