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Popovich defends team, US beats Poland for 7th at World Cup

Sep. 14, 2019 10:13 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — Their final game at the World Cup had been over for several minutes, and every member of the U.S. team and coaching staff were still lingering together on the court. They were ready to go home. They just weren't ready to go their separate ways. For USA Basketball, summer ended Saturday with...

A shocker: US beaten by France 89-79 in World Cup quarters

Sep. 11, 2019 11:22 AM EDT

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — No gold. No medal. No more winning streak. The U.S. reign atop international basketball has ended — this time, thwarted by France at the World Cup. For the first time since 2006, the U.S. sent NBA players to a major international tournament and won't win gold. Evan Fournier...

Americans top Antetokounmpo, Greece at World Cup 69-53

Sep. 7, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — The MVP was good. The USA was better. And the Antetokounmpo getting talked about most by the Americans when this much-anticipated World Cup matchup was over wasn't Giannis — but rather Thanasis, the younger brother, who sent U.S. forward Harrison Barnes sprawling with an...

Finally, an easy one: US rolls by Japan 98-45 at World Cup

Sep. 5, 2019 11:19 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The U.S. finally got to enjoy an easy night at the World Cup. There might not be many more of those. Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. rolled past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale. And now, the stakes get higher with the Americans set to face Greece...

Great Escape: US gets past Turkey 93-92 in OT; Tatum injured

Sep. 3, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — In the ultimate moments, everything hinged on free throws. Turkey missed them. The U.S. made them. And that is how the Americans escaped what would have been a massive World Cup upset. Khris Middleton's two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left in overtime capped a wild finish to a wild game, as...

Hello, World Cup: A record field set for FIBA's main event

Aug. 30, 2019 1:20 PM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — The biggest basketball World Cup is about to begin. Many of the world's top players — and a couple of the world's top national teams — are not in China for the FIBA World Cup, a 32-team extravaganza that begins Saturday. At stake over the next 16 days: The world championship,...

At last: The US arrives in China for the World Cup

Aug. 29, 2019 6:13 AM EDT

SHANGHAI (AP) — After a month of practice and years of planning, the U.S. men's basketball team has arrived at the World Cup. An all-night flight from Sydney to Shanghai that landed early Thursday brought the two-time defending World Cup champion Americans to China's most-populous city, where they'll play...

World Cup will have star power, in an international sense

Aug. 25, 2019 11:10 AM EDT

The reigning NBA MVP is headed to the basketball World Cup. So are three other members of this past season's All-NBA squad, and so is the starting center from the team that won the NBA championship a couple months ago. Most of those guys won't be playing for the United States. The majority of America's best...

Kuzma out of World Cup with ankle injury; US roster set

Aug. 24, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — USA Basketball said Saturday that Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers has a left ankle injury that will keep him from playing in the FIBA World Cup. Kuzma's absence finalized the U.S. roster for the tournament, which starts Aug. 31 in China. The Americans had 13 players and...

Streak ends: US men's basketball falls to Australia, 98-94

Aug. 24, 2019 5:27 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold. Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday. For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points,...