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FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA slink out with victory over Poland, but finish with lowest-ever 7th position

  • Team USA defeated Poland 87-74 in a low-key "classification" game in Beijing to take seventh overall.

  • This is USA's lowest position since the competition began in 1950.

  • This US roster is missing the NBA's elite names, but the Americans were still fancied to at least reach Sunday's final in China.

Outgoing champions the United States won their final match on Saturday at the Basketball World Cup — but it was still their worst finishing place in the tournament's history.

Team USA defeated Poland 87-74 in a low-key "classification" game in Beijing to take seventh overall, their lowest position since the competition began in 1950.

 FIBA World Cup 2019: Team USA slink out with victory over Poland, but finish with lowest-ever 7th position

United States' coach Gregg Popovich chats with Brook Lopez during a game against Poland. AP Photo

Gregg Popovich's team at least managed to avoid a third defeat in a row, but it was an anti-climactic denouement to their title defence.

Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz had a double-double of 16 points and 10 assists.

This US roster is missing the NBA's elite names, but the Americans were still fancied to at least reach Sunday's final in China.

However, they were dumped out in the quarter-finals by France, then lost their subsequent classification match to Serbia, in what was billed as the title game that never was.

The US have at least qualified to defend their Olympic title in Tokyo next summer.

Sunday's World Cup final is between Argentina and Spain.

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Updated Date: Sep 14, 2019 17:50:04 IST