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Donovan Mitchell, Team USA lose again at FIBA World Cup

United States’ coach Gregg Popovich, left talks to United States’ Donovan Mitchell, center and United States’ Kemba Walker at right for the FIBA Basketball World Cup in Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong province on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. The U.S. will leave the World Cup with its worst finish ever in a major international tournament, assured of finishing no better than seventh after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a consolation playoff game on Thursday night. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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The slide continued for Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell and the rest of Team USA at the FIBA World Cup in China on Thursday morning.

A day after being upset by Jazzman Rudy Gobert and France in the tournament quarterfinals to get shut out of medal contention, Team USA fell to Serbia 94-89 in a funky fifth-place bracket game.

Team USA scored the first two points of the game, but then Serbia scored the next 11 and led by a whopping 25 — 32-7 — at the end of the first quarter.

Team USA made a furious rally in the second quarter and trailed just 44-40 at halftime. The deficit remained within single digits through the third quarter before Team USA faltered partway through the fourth and couldn’t rally back late.

A day after starring for Team USA in its loss to France, Mitchell scored nine points Thursday on 4-of-12 shooting, and added five rebounds, four assists and a steal in 26 minutes.

On Friday, Gobert and Jazzman Joe Ingles will play in the semifinals of the tournament. Ingles and Australia are set to tip off against former Utah point guard Ricky Rubio and Spain at 2 a.m. MT, and Gobert and France will play Argentina at 6 a.m.

On Saturday, Team USA will play Poland in the seventh-place game, with the contest scheduled to start at 2 a.m. MT.

All games can be seen on ESPN Plus.