MELBOURNE, Australia — The World Cup is a week away, and the USA is rarely any lock for gold.
Australia delivered that message to the sector Saturday.
For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players completed an worldwide game — and misplaced. Patty Mills scored 30 parts, and Australia rallied from a 10-level deficit within the 2nd half of to stun the People 98-94 and snap a 78-game U.S. winning stride that started with the bronze-medal game on the 2006 world championships.
“They wished it bigger than us tonight,” U.S. guard Kemba Walker acknowledged. “Lesson realized for us.”
It used to be the first loss for the U.S. in a valuable worldwide tournament or exhibition for the explanation that 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece. The People obtained the bronze there, then score been unbeaten by the cycles for the 2007 FIBA Americas, 2008 Olympics, 2010 World Cup, 2012 Olympics, 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympics.
Add all that up, along with wins over Spain and Australia with this crew, and it used to be a 78-game winning stride for the U.S. — the longest in program history.
And or no longer it is now over.
“It used to be superior,” Mills acknowledged.
Australia had by no manner beaten the People, and the U.S. national crew had been 30-0 all-time in Australia.
“About a of it is anticipated with a up to date neighborhood that is making an strive to be taught about every assorted and be taught a machine,” U.S. coach Gregg Popovich acknowledged. “So or no longer it is no longer very most gripping. However the Aussies gave us a mountainous lesson so a ways as where we want to be and the methodology you are going to score to play in this extra or much less a opponents.”
A World Cup where Serbia has already made very obvious it expects to salvage gold, where NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead Greece, where France figures to score a medal shot and now with the Australians completely luminous they are able to beat the U.S., will open subsequent week with out a shortage of realistic title hopefuls.
USA Basketball is No. 1 in FIBA’s world rankings, but to this level within the bustle-as much as this World Cup — with most of the stop NBA stars deciding to no longer play this summer — the People score no longer looked fancy a lock for extra gold. They beat Spain by nine in Anaheim, California on Aug. 16, wanted a immense 2nd half of to defeat Australia by 16 on Thursday, and then let a worthy 2nd-half of lead crawl away Saturday.
“Obviously, this used to be a mountainous step for us,” Australia guard Joe Ingles acknowledged.
Mills plays for San Antonio, so ordinarily Popovich — the longtime Spurs coach — would revel in seeing what the former guard did down the stretch. Mills scored Australia’s closing 10 parts, doing it all from banking in 3-pointers to slicing by for a layup that build the hosts up by six with 1:50 left.
“As I recommended you all after the closing game, Patty’s a fret,” Popovich acknowledged.
Walker scored 22 parts for the U.S., and Harrison Barnes had 20. Donovan Mitchell‘s 3-pointer with 1:05 left obtained the U.S. to interior 97-94. The People then compelled a stop on the following possession and had two probabilities to tie — but Mitchell’s 3-pointer used to be off, Joe Harris uncared for a corner 3 just a few seconds later and Mills iced the game with a free throw.
Aron Baynes left the ground along with his head support, screaming in birthday party as he slapped hands with delirious countrymen. Ingles and Andrew Bogut grabbed their kids and introduced them onto the ground for a look.
Bogut scored 16 parts, Ingles had 15 and Baynes scored 13 for the Australians.
Baynes powered in for a rating that build Australia up 82-76 with 8:25 left, heavenly sooner than Barnes answered with a three-level play for the U.S. to open an 8-0 bustle that build the People support on top. There score been four lead adjustments within the closing quarter, the closing coming when Ingles made a step-support 3 with 3:35 left for an 88-87 lead.
Mills did the rest.
He banked in a long 3 for a four-level lead, added a layup to place his crew up six with 1:50 left and clinched it with the closing free throw.
The U.S. led by one on the half of and went up 68-58 halfway by the third on a dunk by Jayson Tatum, however the Australians obtained neutral correct support into the game. Mills scored eight parts in Forty five seconds, including a pair of 3-pointers, to catch Australia to interior one with 2:40 left within the third.
“That’s a mountainous crew and they score been together a long time,” Barnes acknowledged. “They play a mountainous form of basketball.”
United States: Barnes, Marcus Dapper (who had been out as a result of a calf strain), Khris Middleton, Mitchell and Myles Turner started for the People. The U.S. has now used assorted beginning lineups in its three exhibitions, with perfect Mitchell opening all three contests. In all, the U.S. has given nine assorted players on the least one open on the pre-World Cup tour. … Kyle Kuzma (left ankle soreness) did no longer play.
Australia: Attendance used to be 52,079, the greatest crowd to study a basketball game in Australia — breaking the file of 51,218 space Thursday. … The Australians went with the same starters for the 2nd straight game, opening with Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Mills, Baynes and Jock Landale. … Ingles and Mitchell weren’t the appropriate Utah Jazz guards at Marvel Stadium — Dante Exum used to be within the stands.
U.S. guard Derrick White of the San Antonio Spurs used to be tripped up as he dribbled downcourt halfway by the fourth quarter, and hit his forehead on the court docket. He left with a worthy icepack on the left aspect of his head.
USA: Face Canada in an exhibition on Monday at Sydney.
Australia: Face Canada in World Cup opener on Sept. 1 at Dongguan, China.