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France inflicts first Olympic basketball loss on US in 17 years

The United States lost a men’s Olympic basketball game for the first time in 17 years on Sunday when they started the Tokyo Games with a 76-83 loss to France.

The US team led by eight points at halftime, but the French roared in the third quarter where Kevin Durant encountered fouling issues.

The French won the quarter 25-11 and then ended the game with a 16-2 streak for an impressive victory after the Americans briefly regained their composure.

Evan Fournier led France with 28 points while Jrue Holiday (18) and Bam Adebayo (12) were the USA team’s top scorers.

“I mean, it’s great, but until we have what we want to have around our necks, it doesn’t really matter,” said French player Rudy Gobert of the NBA team. Utah Jazz.

“Every guy who came into the game gave us something —— scoring, not scoring in defense, on the rebounds. This is really the team we want to be and it’s exciting for the rest of the tournament.

The last Olympic loss for the United States was in the 2004 Athens semi-finals against Argentina.

The United States has won 15 of 19 gold medals since the sport’s debut at the 1936 Games.

The American class of 2021 doesn’t look as strong as the former American teams since the pros joined it in 1992 and lost tune-up matches against Nigeria and Australia.

The other teams in Group A are Iran and the Czech Republic, with the Czechs winning this match 84-78.

Group B also started with the opening of their first Olympic campaign in 13 years by Germany with an 82-92 loss to Italy.

Maodo Lo d’Alba Berlin scored 24 points, but Germany, who led the game for a long time, ended up falling behind in the Saitama arena, north of Tokyo.

“Today is a setback, but we can certainly motivate ourselves for the next game,” said Johannes Thiemann of Germany.

Germany, without NBA star Dennis Schroeder for insurance reasons, will next face Nigeria who lost 67-84 to Australia.

Action in Group C and the women’s tournament begins on Monday. (Dpa / NAN)

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