American basketball players suffered a defeat in Melbourne for the first time in thirteen years. In preparation for the upcoming World Cup, Australia was too strong in a practice game with 98-94 on Saturday.
For the team of national coach Gregg Popovich, a victory series of 78 games came to an end. On Thursday, Team USA had won its first exhibition game against Australia, 102-86.
The American basketball players lost at the 2006 World Cup in the semifinals of Greece and then started an impressive series. The 2010 and 2014 World Cups, among others, were won and the gold went to the United States at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
The 52,000 spectators at the Docklands Stadium in Melbourne witnessed the stunt of Australia, which was largely due to Patty Mills. He became top scorer for the home team with thirty points.