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.
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Spain's Marc Gasol is one victory away from a rare feat -- winning the NBA crown and a Basketball World Cup in the same year.
Basketball's governing body on Sunday removed from the World Cup blundering match officials who made an error in the dying seconds of Lithuania's tournament-ending loss to France, but the result stands.
NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo was unable to save Greece as holders the United States reached the Basketball World Cup quarter-finals with a 69-53 win on Saturday.
It is the largest basketball World Cup ever but there will be no teams from Asia or Africa in the second round of the sport's global showpiece.
Red-hot Serbia showed they -- not reigning two-time champions the United States -- are the team to beat at the Basketball World Cup with a 92-77 victory over Italy on Wednesday to top their group.
They are the joint-shortest team at the Basketball World Cup in China but the Dominican Republic are proving that size isn't everything after winning both of their opening matches.
Reigning champions the United States were given a huge scare in a nail-biting 93-92 overtime victory over Turkey at the Basketball World Cup on Tuesday to labour into the second round.