With the loss, Staff USA can end no higher than seventh — making it the worst end for the nation in worldwide event historical past. The earlier worst was ending sixth within the 2002 FIBA World Championship.
Serbia was working away with this recreation early, main 32-7 on the finish of the primary quarter. However the US rallied to make it a recreation, trailing by 4 at halftime. It remained shut for a lot of the second half till Serbia pulled away within the fourth quarter.
Bogdan Bogdanovic, who performs for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, led Serbia with 28 factors. Harrison Barnes — who additionally performs for the Kings — had 22 factors to steer the US.
Wednesday’s loss to France ended the 58-game profitable streak the US — utilizing NBA gamers throughout that stretch — had in worldwide tournaments. It additionally assured the US males will not medal at a significant worldwide competitors for this primary time for the reason that 2002 FIBA World Championship.
The US certified for the 2020 Summer season Olympics in Tokyo after defeating Brazil on Monday. However the People did that with out most of the greatest NBA stars, as a number of of the highest gamers within the league opted out of enjoying for the FIBA World Cup this summer season.
Earlier than Wednesday, the final time the People misplaced in worldwide event play was in 2006, when the US fell to Greece within the semifinals of the FIBA World Championship. The US was aiming to be the primary nation to win three consecutive world titles after profitable three Olympic gold medals in a row throughout that stretch.
Staff USA’s closing recreation on this 12 months’s World Cup will happen Saturday towards both Poland or the Czech Republic in Beijing. Serbia will play for fifth place.