US men’s basketball team loses its first game in nearly 13 years to Australia

US men’s basketball team loses its first game in nearly 13 years to Australia




(CNN)For more than a decade, the United States maintained its dominance in international men’s basketball. All of that changed Saturday, when Team USA lost its first game since 2006 to Australia.

“The Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we have to be and how we have to play in this kind of competition,” US head coach Gregg Popovich said after the game. “So, we’ll get used to that and hopefully learn.”

“Nobody wins forever,” Popovich said.

The US’ final exhibition is Monday against Canada in Sydney before heading to the World Cup in China. There the two-time defending World Cup champion will face the Czech Republic on September 1.






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