USA Eliminated from 2019 FIBA World Cup After Shocking 89-79 Loss to France – Bleacher Report

USA Eliminated from 2019 FIBA World Cup After Shocking 89-79 Loss to France - Bleacher Report
Team USA basketball vs. France, score, takeaways: Americans suffer early World Cup exit at hands of Rudy Gobert and Co.
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France eliminated the United States from the FIBA World Cup on Wednesday with an 89-79 quarterfinal victory at Dongguan Basketball Center in Dongguan, China.

US mens basketball falls to France in World Cup quarterfinals, snapping impressive win streak

The loss ended Team USAs 58-game international winning streak in non-exhibition games involving NBA players. It also ensured that there will be a new FIBA World Cup champion for the first time since Spain won the tournament in 2006.

Gregg Popovich took over for Mike Krzyzewski as head coach of the United States during this cycle.

Video: USA v France – Highlights – Quarter-Finals – FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

The Americans were dominated on the glass, with France out-rebounding them by a 44-28 margin. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was front and center in that regard, as he finished with 21 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks. Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier also had a big game for the French with 22 points.

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The United States’ winning streak in international competitions ended Wednesday with a loss to France in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Why Team USA got booted from the World Cup by France, relegating it to no better than a fifth-place finish

The U.S. had won 58 consecutive tournament games in FIBA and Olympic competitions, starting with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships before the 89-79 loss to France in the World Cup quarterfinals. The U.S. had won two straight World Cups before the defeat.

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

The U.S. led by seven points in the fourth quarter after being down by as much as 10 early in the second half. However, a surge by France snapped that lead.

Gobert dominates as France eliminate the United States from the FIBA World Cup

France had been 0-9 against the U.S. in major international play before Wednesday's win. Evan Fournier scored 22 points while Rudy Gobert scored 21 points and recorded 16 rebounds in the win.

But lets not take anything away from Frances performance. Gobert is known as one of the best defenders in the NBA, but often his leadership is not discussed enough. The centre racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds and two assists in 34:09 minutes and was a nightmare for the U.S. whenever they tried to come near the paint. Unlike the U.S., they had scoring from more than one individual, too; to go with Goberts 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.


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