Team USA loses to France in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals

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The shock defeat sent Team USA to the fifth-eighth place semifinals, where it will face Serbia on Thursday knowing it has failed to match feats of its forbearers. "And in this situation, it hurts more".

It's the first tournament loss for Team USA since the 2006 World Championships, snapping a streak of 58 straight wins with National Basketball Association players representing the country in global play.

Averaging just around 14 minutes per game, White has averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists so far.

Rudy Gobert (21 PTS & 16 REB) and France upset Team USA 89-79 to advance to the @FIBAWC semi-finals!

The Czechs fought hard throughout to stay in touch but were undone by another fine display from Australia's Spurs guard Patty Mills, who racked up 24 points. "Whether it's 29, zero, we lost".

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"What'd you expect?" he said on Wednesday's episode of the Kanell & Bell podcast. The centre racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds and two assists in 34:09 minutes and was a nightmare for the USA whenever they tried to come near the paint.

Bell notes that the loss may wake people up that the country's team can still compete with the second or third option players but they will not dominate like they would if the first choice athletes attended. At the end of the third, the Americans led 66-63.

Japan gained an automatic berth as hosts and four other nations will complete the 12-team field after next year's qualifying tournaments. Boston forward Jayson Tatum didn't play due to an ankle injury.

U.S.: Smart scored 11 and Walker had 10 for the U.S. Before Mitchell's offensive outburst Wednesday, the previous single-game scoring high for any U.S. player at this World Cup was Jaylen Brown's 20-point game against Japan in the opening group round. They were without Jayson Tatum due to an ankle injury, and the scoring burden laid exclusively on Mitchell's shoulders as he put up 29 points in 31:51 minutes. With Gobert guarding the paint, this was a game where the US needed their scorers to step up and carry them into the semis, yet ultimately only Mitchell was able to assume that responsibility.

Australia (6-0) will play Spain (6-0) in the other Friday semifinal. France took advantage of mismatches again, and Team USA went away from Mitchell - he didn't score in the fourth.

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