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Streak ends: US men’s basketball falls to Australia

/ 04:28 PM August 24, 2019

Australia Patty Mills USAMELBOURNE, Australia — The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold.

Australia delivered that message to the world on Saturday.

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For the first time in nearly 13 years, a U.S. roster of NBA players played an international game — and lost. Patty Mills scored 30 points, and Australia rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to stun the Americans 98-94 and snap a 78-game U.S. winning streak that started with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships.

“They wanted it more than us tonight,” U.S. guard Kemba Walker said. “Lesson learned for us.”

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