Australia stuns Team USA in World Cup tuneup

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Australia stuns Team USA in World Cup tuneup
Patty Mills #5 of the Australian Boomers reacts to a play during the game against Team USA on August 24, 2019 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.
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MANILA, Philippines — Australia scored an emphatic upset over Team USA, 98-94, in their second Pre-FIBA World Cup match on Saturday for the country's first ever win against the Americans in basketball.

Held at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, the Boomers shocked the record 52,079-strong crowd with their inspired play against the defending champions.

San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills led the Australians in the historic win with 30 points, 14 of which were scored in the final quarter.

Fellow NBA player Andrew Bogut chipped in with 16.

The Gregg Popovich-led Team USA was missing many of their NBA superstars who opted to skip the World Cup.

Australia will open their 2019 FIBA World Cup campaign against Canada on September 1.



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