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Joe Ingles nearly notches triple-double in World Cup, Team USA escapes with win over Turkey

Utah Jazz star Joe Ingles, shown in a March 20, 2019, file photo, is currently playing for Australia in the FIBA World Cup in China.
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SALT LAKE CITY — Utah Jazz forward Joe Ingles was certainly the star early Tuesday morning among locals at the FIBA World Cup in China, as he nearly tallied a triple-double in Australia’s 81-68 win over Senegal.

Ingles finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists (plus two blocked shots) in 31 minutes of play as Australia moved to 2-0 in the tournament.

Entering the fourth quarter, Ingles needed two assists and a rebound to get the triple-double. He got his last assist partway through the frame and his 10th rebound with 21 seconds left.

Former University of Utah big man Andrew Bogut added six points, four rebounds, four assists and a steal in 18 minutes for the Boomers.

A few hours later, Ingles’ Jazz teammate Donovan Mitchell had a mixed bag of a game as Team USA escaped with a 93-92 overtime win against Turkey in an incredibly intense contest.

Mitchell finished with nine points, four assists, four rebounds, two steals and a block in 29 minutes. He made some important plays, but his offensive goaltending with 35 seconds left in overtime and Team USA down 92-91 could have been a death knell.

Turkey missed four free throws in the final nine seconds, however, and Milwaukee Bucks forward Khris Middleton made two to lift Team USA to the win.

At the same time as Team USA was fighting to get a victory, Jazz center Rudy Gobert and France rolled past Jordan, 103-64. Gobert finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks, a steal and an assist in just 22 minutes, as he did not play in the fourth quarter.

Although group play has not yet concluded for Team USA, Australia and France, all three teams punched their tickets to the second round of the tournament with their wins on Tuesday.

All three will conclude group play on Thursday.

On Monday, former Mountain Crest High and BYU standout Charles Abouo led Ivory Coast with 19 points in its 87-71 loss to Venezuela. He also had two rebounds, an assist and a steal in 29 minutes.

Ivory Coast will conclude group play on Wednesday against Poland (2 a.m. MT). All games can be seen on ESPN Plus.