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US beaten by France in quarter-finals in China

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Cary Erickson | 11 September, 2019, 17:42

France faces Argentina in the semifinals Friday.

The exodus of star basketball players burned the U.S. in the FIBA Basketball World Cup championships. The U.S. will clearly have to make some major tweaks to the roster before the Olympics get underway. The former San Antonio Spur was clearly thrilled with France's win even though his former coach, Gregg Popovich, is the coach of Team USA. France capitalised on that and were led by the exceptional Rudy Gobert, as well as Evan Fournier and Frank Ntilikina. Walker and Brown, meanwhile, recorded 10 and nine points respectively, while the next highest scorers were Joe Harris and Khris Middleton on five. The Utah Jazz center also notched a late block on National Basketball Association teammate Donovan Mitchell with seconds left to emphatically keep the bay.

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Gobert's overall presence in the second half was decisive, leading Vincent Collet's squad with a double-double of 21 points and 16 rebounds.

As well as winning the past two World Cups, they have also won the past three Olympic titles. In fact, this is the first time that the USA will be leaving a major tournament without a medal since 2002.