MELBOURNE, Australia – The World Cup is a week away, and the United States has no chance of gold.
Australia delivered this message on Saturday of the World.
For the first time in almost 13 years A US squad of NBA players played an international game – and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points and Australia rose from a 10-point gap in the second half to stun the Americans between 98 and 94 and win a 78-game series in the United States with the game at stake Bronze medal at the 2006 World Cup began. 19659002] "They wanted it more tonight than we did," said US security guard Kemba Walker. "Lesson learned for us."
It was the first defeat for the USA at a major international tournament or a major exhibition since the 2006 World Cup semi-final against Greece. The Americans won the bronze medal there and were unbeaten in the FIBA Americas 2007, 2008 Olympics, 201
Add all this together With this team they defeated Spain and Australia. For the US, it was a series of 78 victories – the longest in program history.
And now it's over.
"It was great," Mills said.
Australia had never defeated the Americans, and the US national team had a 30-0 draw in Australia.
"Part of it is expected with a new group trying to get to know each other and a system," said US coach Gregg Popovich. "So it's not surprising, but the Australians have given us a great lesson on what we want and how to play in this kind of competition."
A World Cup where Serbia has already made it very clear Gold is expected to win, where NBA MVP will lead Giannis Antetokounmpo Greece, where France will make a medal shot and now that the Australians are absolutely certain that they will win USA will start next week without any lack of realistic title hopes.
] USA Basketball is number one in the FIBA World Ranking, but so far ahead of this World Cup – with most of the best NBA stars who did not want to play this summer – Americans did not look for a suspension from them Spain on 16 August in Anaheim, California, at nine, needed a big second half to defeat Australia on Thursday at 16, and then skipped a sizable second-half lead on Saturday.
"Obviously, it was a big step for us," said Australian watchman Joe Ingles.
Mills plays for San Antonio, usually Popovich – the long-time Spurs coach – would enjoy seeing what the veteran security guard did down the track. Mills scored the last 10 points in Australia, starting with 3-pointers to cutting for a lay-up, with hosts only gaining six points at 1:50.
"As I told you after the last game, Patty's a pain," said Popovich.
Walker scored 22 points for the US, and Harrison Barnes had 20th Donovan Mitchell's 3-pointer with 1:05 left the US within 97-94. The Americans then forced a stop Joe Harris had two chances to draw after being in possession, but Mitchell's 3-pointers were over. A few seconds later, Joe Harris missed a corner and Mills ended the game with a free-throw.
Aron Baynes left the ground with his Ingles and Andrew Bogut grabbed their children and brought them to the ground to take a look.
Bogut scored 16 points Nts, Ingles had 15 and Baynes scored 13 for the Australians.
Baynes went in for a notch that left Australia 82-76 8:25 just before Barnes responded with a three-point game for the US to start. A 8-0 run brought the Americans back to the top , There were four leadership changes in the last quarter, the last came when Ingles downgraded from 3 to 3-35 ahead of 88-87.
Mills took over the rest.
He used a long 3 for a lead of four points, he added a catch-up to bring his team with 1:50 to the left on six, and secured the last free throw of third after a dunk from Jayson Tatum, but the Australians came back into the game. Mills scored eight points in 45 seconds, including a three-count pair, scoring one point with 2:40 in the third.
"This is a great team, and they've been together for a long time." Barnes said, "They play a great basketball style. "
United States: Barnes, Marcus Smart (who had failed due to a calf problem), Khris Middleton, Mitchell and Myles Turner started for the Americans, and the US has used different starting positions in their three shows, with only Mitchell opening all three competitions, the US has given at least one start to the pre-World Cup tour to nine different players, Kyle Kuzma (left ankle pain) did not play.
Australia: 52,079 spectators were present, the largest crowd , which has seen a basketball match in Australia – a record of 51,218 on Thursday … The Australians went with the same starters for the second game in a row, which was opened with Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Mills, Baynes and Jock Landal. Ingles and Mitchell were not the only guardians of Utah Jazz at Marvel Stadium – Dante Exum was in the stands.
US The Wachman n Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs was down when he dripped down in the middle of the fourth quarter and hit his forehead in the square. He walked with a large ice pack on the left side of his head.
USA: Imagine Canada in an exhibition on Monday in Sydney.
Australia: Face Canada in World Cup opening on September 1 at Dongguan, China.