USA Lose First Men’s Olympic Basketball Match Since 2004

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Damian Lillard #6 of the USA Men’s National Team seems to cross the ball throughout the sport in opposition to the France Men’s National Team throughout the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.  Ned Dishman / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images by way of AFP

 

A USA group led by 11-time NBA All-Star Kevin Durant have been overwhelmed 83-76 by France in an enormous Olympic basketball upset on Sunday.

The French, with a group containing NBA gamers together with Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier, inflicted the Americans’ first defeat at an Olympics because the 2004 Athens Games.

Durant was held to only 10 factors within the first-round sport and was unable to encourage his group because the French got here from behind to take management within the closing quarter.

The Americans had regarded rusty within the build-up to Tokyo, shedding to Nigeria in a warm-up sport, and the defeat will underline Durant’s fears expressed earlier than the Games that his aspect won’t face a “cakewalk” in Japan.

Fournier was sensational for France, top-scoring with 28 factors. Although the Boston Celtics participant solely scored 4 from 12 from past the three-point line, he discovered his vary when it mattered to assist the French stun the Americans.

“I tried to be aggressive. As an NBA player I know the players we were facing. We had to show the team how to attack them,” Fournier stated.

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Jayson Tatum #10 of the USA Men’s National Team handles the ball throughout the sport in opposition to the France Men’s National Team throughout the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on the Saitama Super Arena on July 25, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.  Ned Dishman / NBAE / Getty Images / Getty Images by way of AFP

 

France clawed again from a 10-point deficit to arrange a breathless closing quarter and because the USA failed to seek out any rhythm, the French smelled victory within the Saitama area, the place spectators have been absent due to coronavirus measures.

Fournier’s three-pointer with 57 seconds remaining put his group forward 76-74 and when Durant hit the rim with a three-pointer himself the French closed out the sport with a succession of free throws.

When Jayson Tatum fouled Nicolas Batum, the French veteran NBA ahead hit each from the road to seal a well-known victory.

Utah Jazz centre Gobert performed down the French victory.

“I mean it’s great, but until we have what we want to have around our neck, it doesn’t really matter,” Gobert stated.

“Every single guy that came in the game brought us something,” he added.

“It’s really the team that we want to be and it’s exciting for the rest of the tournament.”

The USA face Iran of their subsequent sport on Wednesday when France tackle the Czech Republic.

AFP

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