Favourites Team United States of America men basketball team have been defeated by France in their opening game of the ongoing 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
At the end of the match, France got the vital victory after beating basketball giants USA 83-76.
With the latest development, France have ended USA 25-match winning streak.
It marks the United States’ first loss in group play since 2004 when it fell to both Puerto Rico and Lithuania. It’s also the second straight to France in international play, as the French also prevailed in the 2019 FIBA World Cup, though it’s the first time the U.S. has ever lost to France in Olympic play.
Jrue Holiday led Team USA with 18 points in the loss. Evan Fournier finished with a team-high 28 points for France, which went on a dominant run to close out the fourth quarter.
Every team within a group faces the other three teams for a total of three games. The teams finishing in first and second place from each group will advance into the quarterfinals along with the two best third-place teams overall.
The United States will take the court next against Iran on Wednesday.