MELBOURNE, Australia -- The World Cup is a week away, and the United States is no lock for gold.
Patty Mills scored 30 points, and Australia rallied from a 10-point deficit in the second half to stun the Americans 98-94 and snap a 78-game U.S. winning streak that started with the bronze-medal game at the 2006 world championships.
Add all that up, along with wins over Spain and Australia with this team, and it was a 78-game winning streak for the U.S. -- the longest in program history.
A World Cup where Serbia has already made very clear it expects to win gold, where NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo will lead Greece, where France figures to have a medal shot and now with the Australians absolutely knowing they can beat the U.S., will begin next week with no shortage of realistic title hopefuls.
Mills scored Australia's last 10 points, doing it all from banking in 3-pointers to slicing through for a layup that put the hosts up by six with 1:50 left.
Patty Mills scored Australia's last 10 points and finished with 30 on the night to lead all scorers.
Baynes powered in for a score that put Australia up 82-76 with 8:25 left, just before Barnes answered with a three-point play for the U.S. to start an 8-0 run that put the Americans back on top.