Americans suffer embarrassing World Cup basketball loss after stars’ exodus

The exodus of star basketball players burned the US in the FIBA Basketball World Cup championships.

The Americans lost 89-79 to France in the quarterfinals, ending their World Cup run in China prematurely.

The top American players like LeBron James and Stephen Curry opted not to play in the tournament, while Jayson Tatum and Kyle Kuzma were injured while the team played warmup games ahead of the Tokyo tournament.

The American rallied to take a lead in the third quarter, but France ended the game on a 22-5  run. It ended a streak 58 straight international competition wins for the US squad in which NBA players participated.

Donovan Mitchell led the US efforts with 29 points. Jazz center Rudy Gobert dominated down low for the French with 21 points and 16 rebounds. Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina had 11 points for France.

Team USA had taken gold at the previous two world championships.

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