Kyrie Irving and the United States will play Serbia in the gold medal game this afternoon. Tipoff is at p. ET and the game will be shown on NBC. It will be streamed online via NBC Sports.
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Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. A day after losing to France in the quarterfinals, the Americans fell to Serbia at the FIBA World Cup in a consolation game in China on Thursday, losing back-to-back games for the first time in international play since With the loss, Team USA can finish no better than seventh -- making it the worst finish for the country in international tournament history.
Serbia was running away with this game early, leading at the end of the first quarter. But the US rallied to make it a game, trailing by four at halftime.
It remained close for much of the second half until Serbia pulled away in the fourth quarter. Harrison Barnes -- who also plays for the Kings -- had 22 points to lead the US. Read More Wednesday's loss to France ended the game winning streak the US -- using NBA players during that stretch -- had in international tournaments.
The US was aiming to be the first nation to win three consecutive world titles after winning three Olympic gold medals in a row during that stretch. Serbia will play for fifth place.