Lithuania hands USA first FIBA World Cup loss, but Americans punch ticket to Paris Olympics

Lithuania hands USA first FIBA World Cup loss, but Americans punch ticket to Paris Olympics

MANILA, Philippines — USA Basketball occasionally loses games now. It happened for the first time under Steve Kerr on Sunday.
Lithuania beat the Americans, 110-104, behind a shocking first-half display of size and 3-point prowess at the FIBA World Cup.
Both teams had already qualified for the quarterfinals, which start Tuesday, and with losses on Sunday by the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Brazil, the U.S. had also punched its ticket to the 2024 Olympics in Paris long before Sunday’s game was over.
So in the grand scheme, this was little more than just a scratch on the hood for the…


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