France beat the United States, 83-76, in the 2020 Summer Games basketball tournament Sunday in Saitama, Japan, snapping Team USA’s 25-game winning streak at the Olympics.
Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday scored a team-high 18 points in the loss. France held Team USA star Kevin Durant to just 10 points in the victory.
Team USA shot just 36 percent from the floor and was outrebounded 42-36 in the loss. The game featured four lead changes and was tied five times.
The setback marked the first time Team USA lost in an Olympic men’s basketball competition since a defeat to Argentina in the 2004 Summer Games.
Team USA used a 9-2 run to earn a 22-15 lead at the end of the first quarter. The Americans also outscored France in the second quarter and led 45-37 at halftime. France started the third on a 10-4 run to cut the Team USA lead to two points.
France’s Vincent Poirier tied the score at 52-52 with 3:58 left in the quarter. Nando de Colo gave France a 55-54 lead with a 3-pointer about a minute later. Thomas Heurtel hit another shot from downtown just before the end of the quarter and France led 62-56 to start the final frame.
Team USA started the fourth with a 13-1 run to take a 69-63 lead, but France answered with a late 14-0 run. The Americans scored just seven points over the final 5:24.