Team USA’s hopes of winning a third consecutive FIBA gold medal — and sixth consecutive international gold medal — are now over, as the United States lost to France, 89-79, in the quarterfinals of the 2019 FIBA World Cup on Wednesday. The loss snapped a streak of 58 straight wins in international competition, and was 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 their 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 Jokic and Serbia in a consolation game on Thursday.
Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell led the way for Team USA with 29 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 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 4 assists of his own.
Recap all the action and highlights between Team USA and France below: