Before the FIBA World Cup began, it was clear Team USA was in danger, given its depleted roster. That danger caught up with them today.
Led by a slew of NBA players including Rudy Gobert, Evan Fournier and Frank Ntilikina, France knocked off the Americans 89-79 in today’s quarterfinal matchup in China. Team USA has been eliminated.
It is the Americans’ first loss since 2006 and snaps their 58-game international win streak with NBA players. There will be a new FIBA World Cup champion, as Team USA had won the previous two tournaments.
Gobert led the way for the French with 21 points and 16 rebounds. He added two key blocks down the stretch, stopping Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell at the rim.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 11, 2019
France led 45-39 at intermission but the US stormed ahead 66-63 after three quarters led by Mitchell.
However, France finished the game out with a 26-13 fourth quarter.
#FRAUSA 🇫🇷 – 🇺🇸 Un combat rude et intense. Une victoire historique. Bravo les Bleus. 💪👊 La France est en demi-finale de la Coupe du Monde ! 😍😍#MerciLesBleus #TeamFranceBasket pic.twitter.com/dALUmCHOZB
— Team France Basket (@FRABasketball) September 11, 2019
Team USA will now have to regroup before next year’s Olympics in Tokyo. With most of the major stars electing to sit out this tournament, the Americans saw they are vulnerable in international action.
Expect a much more loaded roster for Team USA next summer as they look for a fourth-straight Olympic gold medal.