The U.S. men’s basketball team suffered its first global tournament loss in 13 years, beaten by France 89-79 in the FIBA World Cup quarterfinals on Wednesday. The U.S., which was bidding for the first World Cup three-peat, will leave worlds in China without a medal.
The Americans had won 58 straight games with NBA players among the Olympics, World Cup and FIBA Americas since its last defeat in the 2006 World Cup semifinals to Greece.
The Americans, led by Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (29 points), battled back from a 10-point, third-quarter deficit to lead by seven early in the fourth.
But France, with Rudy Gobert (21 points, 16 rebounds), went on an 11-point run in the fourth to retake the lead. A full box score is here.