Gobert was the main man for France, with the Utah Jazz center netting 21 points and amassing 16 rebounds, along with two assists, while making a superb block with just under a minute to play.
Team USA's 58-game win streak is over.
France now advance through to a very winnable semi-final against Argentina, who were themselves impressive in toppling Serbia yesterday evening. Team USA will need to seriously raise its game in 2020 to win gold. Mitchell and the Jazz could both be in store for a special year if he is able to carry over the momentum from this summer into the upcoming season.
Team USA and the Czech Republic face quick turnarounds, as they will play again on Thursday in the classification bracket. Marcus Smart scored 11 points off the bench for Team USA and Kemba Walker added 10 points. They, however, have a chance to accomplish something that the three-time National Basketball Association champion never did during his illustrious career: win a gold at the FIBA World Cup. Walker is one of the NBA's leading pick-and-roll players, but neither he nor the rest of Team USA could put Gobert on skates a la Steph Curry. As he does in the NBA, Gobert has protected the paint, controlled the glass and found efficient ways to score for France. France deployed Knicks point guard and defensive ace Frank Ntilikina throughout the fourth alongside Gobert, and Nicolas Batum provided necessary length and switchability in the final minutes.
France were 51-41 ahead in the third quarter before the United States moved into a 72-65 lead, but the French fought back to take the victory. Celtics forward Jayson Tatum missed the game with an ankle injury.