Okay, that is not the actual headline, but I think that we all know that that was implied.
France has defeated Team USA 89-79 in a FIBA World Cup quarterfinal game at Dongguan, China.
The loss ends Team USA’s 58-game winning streak in international tournaments with NBA players on the roster. Their last loss was against Greece in the semifinals at the 2006 FIBA World Championship.
Donovan Mitchell scored 14 of his game-high 29 points in the third quarter to give the Americans the lead at the end of the period, 66-63.
They don’t mention Frank, but he played really strong defense in the fourth and scored some key points in the big comeback for France in the final quarter (he scored five of France’s 11 points in their deficit-erasing 11-0 run).
France went on an 11-0 run late in the fourth quarter to retake a 82-76 lead that they never relinquished.
Fournier lead France with 22 points while Gobert poured in 21.
While this was obviously a much worse Team USA than normal, it was still a very embarrassing loss. Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell really came up short in the fourth.