Kyle Kuzma pulls out of competition following ankle injury

Australia pops its cherry against Team USA with first ever win in 26 clashes

"But we did make history tonight, the first senior men's Australian team to beat an American team".

The US had won 78 games straight in major worldwide tournaments and exhibitions before Saturday's World Cup exhibition matchup. With bigs like Tobias Harris, Kevin Love and Anthony Davis opting out at their earliest convenience - Kuzma looked set to take up a primary role on the offensive side of the floor, his deficiencies masked by the nuclear presence of P.J. Tucker.

However, the news was not all bad for White as he found out he officially made the World Cup roster as Pop cut the team down to 12.

"Nobody wins forever", USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich said. "We're doing it as a team, as a group", said veteran Mills, who was electric in the fourth quarter.

Australia had not beaten the United States in a senior men's basketball game in 66 attempts, a record stretching back 55 years.

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One third of Team USA's basketball roster are members of the Boston Celtics.

The defeat snapped a 78-game winning streak for Team USA in worldwide competition, and provided further evidence that this talented but mostly superstar-lacking national team will not have an easy path to the gold medal when the World Cup begins in China next weekend.

A record crowd of 52,079 packed into the Marvel Stadium in Melbourne to see the Boomers pull off the upset.

It is unclear whether Kuzma will be available Monday when the US finishes its pre-World Cup exhibition tour in Sydney against Canada. The team is missing plenty of National Basketball Association notables, including James Harden and Anthony Davis. "We should get used to that and hopefully learn". Some of it is expected with a new group that's trying to learn about each other and learn a system.

Still, the bottom line for Team USA is simple, according to Pop: "The loss means that we need to play better, and it's a measure of who you are". The Australians went with the same starters for the second straight game, opening with Ingles, Matthew Dellavedova, Mills, Baynes and Jock Landale.

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