The United States have been eliminated from the World Cup with their 89-79 loss to France.
Team USA's 58-game win streak is over. The Americans rebounded to win gold at the Beijing Olympics two years later and also won the two Olympic tournaments that followed.
Mitchell finished the contest with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists, and he had 14 points in the third quarter alone to help the USA bounce back after it fell behind by double digits for the first time. However, a surge by France snapped that lead. The Utah Jazz center also notched a late block on National Basketball Association teammate Donovan Mitchell with seconds left to emphatically keep the U.S.at bay. Unlike the USA, they had scoring from more than one individual, too; to go with Gobert's 21 points, Fournier got 22, Nando de Colo recorded 18, and Ntilikina got 11, though many of his points came at vital times in the game, most notably hitting a three-pointer to give France some breathing room in the fourth quarter. They were led Wednesday by Donovan Mitchell, who enjoyed his breakout game of the tournament with 29 points. 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. The team will need to add more floor-spacers and versatile big men, as both were areas of weakness for the '19 iteration of the team that were exposed against France.
The USA will now play in the 5th-8th placed classification games. The 2019 roster was overshadowed by a slate of high-profile departures, and the performance in China wasn't exactly impressive in the lead-up to France's upset victory.
Mitchell wasn't the only Jazz player that turned heads at the World Cup as Rudy Gobert was a major reason that the U.S.is headed home. Jayson Tatum missed Wednesday's matchup with an ankle injury, and Marcus Smart finishing the morning as Team USA's No. 2 scorer is a clear sign something was amiss. 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.
The Boomers had never before finished better than fifth, doing so in 1982 and again in 1994, although they have finished fourth in the Olympics four times, including in 2016.