Team USA took seventh place at the world basketball championship
The players of team USA in the match for seventh place at the world championship defeated the team of Poland with the score 87:74. The meeting was held in the hall Wukesong Arena in Beijing.
As part of the American team the most productive became shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, who plays in the NBA for the club «Utah jazz». He scored 16 points, converting four of four long-distance shots. Small forward «Brooklyn nets» Joe Harris brought the national team with 14 points.
The poles have scored 18 points shooting guard Mateusz Ponitka playing in Russia for the Krasnodar «Lokomotiv-Kuban».
Seventh place — the worst result for team USA at the world Championships in history. The earlier record of American basketball was sixth place in the final classification at the home championship in 2002.
In 1954, 1986, 1994, 2010 and 2014 team USA won gold at the world Champions. In 1950 and 1982 the team took second place, and in 1974, 1990, 1998 and 2006 — the third.
At the first stage of this year’s world championship of American basketball players defeated team Czech Republic (88:67), Turkey (93:92) and Japan (98:45). In the second phase, the team of Gregg Popovich defeated Greece (69:53) and Brazil (89:73). In the quarterfinals, team USA lost to France (79:89), and in the semifinals of the tournament for 5-8 places — Serbia (89:94).
Before the world Cup in China from participation in the tournament refused a large number of famous American basketball players. From the entire team, only two players — small forward «Milwaukee Bucks» khris Middleton and point guard «Charlotte hornets» Kemba Walker — participated in the all-star game NBA last season.