Basketball World Cup: USA fail in the quarterfinals - sports
Historic for the team USA: For the first time since the home tournament in 2002, the basketball superpower failed again in the quarterfinals of a World Cup and has lost their chance on the first title hat-trick in history. In the Chinese city of Dongguan, the world champion had to defeat France after a disappointing performance with 79:89 (39:45).
It is the first World Cup defeat since 2006, when the Americans failed in the semi-final to Greece. In contrast, the French play on Friday (14.00 CEST / Magenta Sport) in Beijing against Argentina for the finals.
Against the physically robust French, who had defeated the German team for the prelude prelude, the Americans did in the first half very difficult. From the triple line fell almost nothing, in the rebounds dominated the opponent. In addition, reigning champion Rudy Gobert (Utah Jazz) under the basket and ranged shooter Evan Fournier (Orlando Magic) could not stop at all.
Kemba Walker does not convince again
It was not until the end of the third quarter that the favorite found his playing rhythm, led by Donovan Mitchell (Utah Jazz), the team USA shortened the backlog and finally made up (60: 60/28. Minute). The team of star coach Gregg Popovich (70), who had to make do with an ankle injury without Jayson Tatum (Boston Celtics), improved defensively and offensively. His club colleague Kemba Walker, however, remained pale.
The Americans, who had been without numerous NBA leaders after numerous cancellations, now had better control of the game, but France could not be shaken off - on the contrary. Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks) brought the European Champion of 2013 in the closing stages to 82:76 (38th) forward. Walker missed it in the final minute with two missed free throws, shorten. The French made everything clear on the other side of the line. Nando de Colo made the final score.
Topscorer of the French were Fournier (22 points) and Gobert (21), in the US team Mitchell (29) was by far the best bowler.