USA vs. France score, results: Evan Fournier leads France past Team USA in Olympic opener

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USA vs. France score, results: Evan Fournier leads France past Team USA in Olympic opener


The U.S. men’s basketball team’s quest for another gold medal is off to a rough start.

Team USA suffered its first Olympic loss since 2004 on Sunday, falling to France in its first group play game by a final score of 83-76. Evan Fournier led the way for France with a game-high 28 points on 11-of-22 shooting, including a clutch 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter that gave his team a lead it would never lose. France finished the Olympic opener on a 16-2 run.

Jrue Holiday, who traveled to Tokyo shortly after winning the NBA Finals championship with the Bucks last week, totaled 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists in the loss. Team USA’s top offensive threats struggled against France, though — especially Kevin Durant. The Nets star dealt with foul trouble throughout the game and finished with only 10 points on 4-of-12 shooting.

Team USA has two games remaining in group play. It will face Iran on Wednesday (12:40 a.m. ET) and the Czech Republic on Saturday (8 a.m. ET).

Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team’s Olympic game against France. Check out all the highlights you missed right here.

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(All times Eastern)

10 a.m. — Yikes. Damian Lillard falls down on the catch and loses the ball. France should be able to shut the door on Team USA here.

9:50 a.m. — Wow. Evan Fournier gives France the lead with less than a minute to go.

9:40 a.m. — Just an incredible performance from Jrue Holiday. He is doing everything for Team USA.

9:35 a.m. — Jrue Holiday hits a big 3-pointer early in the fourth quarter.

9:25 a.m. — France outscores Team USA 25-11 in the third quarter and takes a six-point lead into the final frame.

9:20 a.m. — Evan Fournier is carrying France offensively. He’s got 22 of his team’s 49 points.

9:15 a.m. — Kevin Durant heads back to the bench after being whistled for his fourth foul. Who will step up for Team USA?

9:05 a.m. — This guy is automatic from the line.

8:50 a.m. — Zach LaVine, you are cleared for takeoff.

8:45 a.m. — What a wild save by Nicolas Batum.

8:40 a.m. — Oh boy. Kevin Durant gets called for his third foul. That could be a problem.

8:35 a.m. — Damian Lillard is loving the international 3-point arc.

8:30 a.m. — France runs a nice high-low action with Nicolas Batum finding Moustapha Fall for the easy dunk.

8:25 a.m. — Team USA is overwhelming France with its defensive intensity.

8:15 a.m. — Kevin Durant already has seven points, but he has also picked up two fouls in the first quarter.

8 a.m. — The starters for each team…

7:45 a.m. — A couple of roster updates ahead of USA vs. France:

The USA vs. France men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic opener at midnight on July 26.

(All times Eastern)


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