The United States men's Olympic basketball team struggled in exhibition play this month and those issues have carried into pool play in Tokyo.
Team USA lost 83-76 to France in what was both teams' first game at the Tokyo Olympics. It's actually the United States' first Olympic loss in men's basketball since 2004, snapping a 24-game win streak that included three consecutive gold medals.
The fourth quarter was a disaster for the United States. Team USA held a 74-67 lead with 3:41 remaining in the fourth quarter, but then France went on a 16-2 run to secure a massive victory. The U.S. shot 4-for-18 in the fourth quarter
Boston Celtics guard Evan Fournier played excellent for France. He led all players with 28 points on 11-for-23 shooting. His 3-point shot with 57 seconds left gave France a 76-74 advantage, and they protected that lead to the end.
Fournier's Celtics teammate, Jayson Tatum, scored nine points on 3-for-9 shooting with two blocks. Milwaukee Bucks guard Jrue Holiday led the United States with 18 points.
The United States resumes pool play Wednesday against Iran. Tip-off is scheduled for 12:40 a.m. ET and can be watched on Peacock.