The FIBA Basketball World Cup Quarter-Finals are underway!
The United States (5-0) and France (5-0) go head-to-head with the winner advancing to the Semi-Finals, placing themselves one win away from the gold medal match.
After Argentina stunned powerhouse Serbia, they await the winner of this contest in the Final Four. On the other side of the bracket, Spain took down Poland and will face off against the winner of Australia versus Czech Republic.
Can the United States cool off France’s Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert? Do the French have enough firepower to keep up with the likes of USA’s Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell?
For live updates, highlights and more from today’s matchup, we have you covered below!
United States vs. France
The United States have their first lead since the second quarter at 63-62 with under two mintues to go in the quarter after three made free throws from Marcus Smart. He’s up to 11 points off the bench for Team USA.
A huge stretch from the United States as they cut France’s lead to 60-58 with 3:21 to go in the frame. Donovan Mitchell scored seven points, Khris Middleton buried a 3-pointer, Marcus Smart converted an and-1 and Jaylen Brown had a strong take to the rack to make instant offence for Team USA.
New half, same story – the USA have no answer for Rudy Gobert or Evan Fournier. France leads 53-43 with 7:30 to go in the quarter. Gobert ripped down an offensive rebound leading to a Fournier layup to force the United States to take a timeout. Kemba Walker is on the bench in foul trouble with three fouls.
Halftime: France 45, United States 39
France’s haltime lead is courtesy of Evan Fournier and Rudy Gobert, who have 13 points each. Gobert already has 10 free throw attempts in the game, putting the pressure on the United States around the rim. Fournier is shooting with confidence, going 5-for-11 from the field.
Donovan Mitchell has been attacking aggressively for Team USA with a game-high 15 points to go with three assists and three boards. The United States are being out-rebounded 21-12, which has been the major factor in this halftime deficit.
France leads 39-33 with 1:58 left in the half and Evan Fournier is on fire. The French guard is up to 13 points shooting 3-for-4 from beyond the arc. Rudy Gobert is imposing his will in the paint with nine points on five free throws with five rebounds. For Team USA, Donovan Mitchell is up to 11 points doing his best to keep things close.
Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier continue to dominate with seven points apiece for France as they lead USA 31-29 with under four minutes remaining in the half.
A 7-0 run midway through the quarter built a 29-27 lead for the United States behind an and-1 from Jaylen Brown and four more points from Donovan Mitchell.
End of first quarter: United States 18, France 18
We’re all tied up after one frame. Donovan Mitchell and Marcus Smart have five points apiece to lead the United States in scoring. For France, it’s Rudy Gobert and Evan Fournier with five points apiece to keep things even.
Kemba Walker’s three turnovers is a game-high, contributing to USA’s five first quarter turnovers against France’s full-court pressure.
Marcus Smart checked in and scored five quick points to keep the United States rolling. Evan Fournier has five points of his own for France, getting shots up early and often. Team USA leads 18-16 with just over a minute remaining in the quarter.
Donovan Mitchell is doing a little bit of everything for the United States to get this game started. He scored the team’s first five points and dished an assist to Joe Harris for an open 3-pointer to get Team USA out to an 8-6 lead with 5:45 remaining in the first.
Team USA will start Kemba Walker, Donovan Mitchell, Joe Harris, Harrison Barnes and Myles Turner.
France will start Frank Ntilikina, Amath M’Baye, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum and Rudy Gobert.
Both teams are ready to get this game underway!
Though there has not been a formal announcement, it appears the United States will be without Jayson Tatum for another contest.
Team USA has not made a formal announcement on Jayson Tatum’s availability for tonight’s game against France … but only 11 @usabasketball players are warming up with 20 minutes to go before tipoff
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 11, 2019