A makeshift US basketball team lacking the biggest stars of the national team retired on Wednesday (89: 79) in the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Dongguan, China.
The United States won five gold medals in a row at the World Cup and the Olympics. The last time it was not at the 2006 World Cup when it won a bronze medal. This is the first time since 2002 that the United States has left a major competition without a medal.
Evan Fournier of Orlando Magic of the N.B.A. France topped 22 points, and Utah Jazz's Rudy Gobert had 16 rebounds. Frank Ntilikina of the Knicks scored some important points on the track.
Most The biggest American stars have passed this championship for one reason or another, leaving behind a team of talented players, but only two NBA All-Stars: Kemba Walker and Khris Middleton. The departing players included Anthony Davis, James Harden and Damian Lillard.
The Americans were undefeated in the preliminary rounds of the World Cup – barely. They needed overtime and some missed free throws to defeat Turkey.
Mitchell's 15-point halftime kept the Americans between 45 and 39 in the break, but the game was played on France's terms. Gobert rolled on to the rim and caused problems. Fournier acted like another player wearing the jersey of his national team.
The US rebounded in the third quarter and took a 3-point lead when coach Gregg Popovich switched to a smaller formation and the Americans played their best national team national team tournament. However, the fourth quarter belonged to France.
The USA had to do without Jayson Tatum from the Boston Celtics, who sprained his left ankle against Turkey in extra time. The teams from the Western Hemisphere are playing with Argentina in the semi-final against France. Spain will face either Australia or the Czech Republic in the second semi-final.