Team USA’s hopes of winning a third consecutive FIBA gold medal — and sixth consecutive international gold medal — are now over.
The United States lost to France, 89-79, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Wednesday, snapping a streak of 58 straight wins in international competition. It also marked the United States’ first loss in the FIBA World Cup since 2006 when it lost to Greece in the semifinals. With the loss, the U.S. will fail to get a medal for only the second time in the last 10 editions of the tournament.
With the win, France will move on to the semifinals of the tournament, where it will face Argentina, which scored an impressive upset victory over Nikola Jokic and Serbia. Those two teams will go head-to-head on Friday, while Team USA will face off against Nikola Jokic and Serbia in a consolation game on Thursday.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell led the way for Team USA with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, but ultimately it wasn’t enough. Jazz center Ruby Gobert had a double-double for France (21 points, 16 rebounds), and Orlando Magic guard Evan Fournier added 22 points and four assists of his own.
Recap all the action and highlights between Team USA and France below: