It was the first loss for the U.S.in a major worldwide tournament or exhibition since the 2006 world championship semifinals against Greece.
The USA's Kemba Walker offered his own summation: "They wanted it more than us tonight. But the Aussies gave us a great lesson as far as where we want to be and how you have to play in this kind of a competition". It was the first time the Australians had ever beaten the Americans.
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But it still boasts plenty of young talent and they comfortably beat Australia 102-86 in a warm-up game on Thursday, on the back of a 90-81 victory over second-ranked Spain in California this month.
Playing against his San Antonio coach, USA's Gregg Popovich, Mills scored nine consecutive points for the Australians in the fourth quarter to help the hosts pull away.
"Patty's a quality world-class scorer", Boomers head coach, Andrej Lemanis said during the post-game press conference.
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He went up another level in Game Two, and could hardly miss in the fourth quarter as he tipped in 13 points and dominated the final minutes.
Kemba Walker led the American squad with 22 points and after the game, he felt the loss would be a good teaching tool going forward.
Sixteen thoughts for Andrew Bogut's 16 points in Australia's stunning 98-94 upset of Team USA in a basketball friendly Saturday, halfway around the world. In all, the US has given nine different players at least one start on the pre-World Cup tour.
The Boomers' history as teammates was evident with crisp and ambitious ball movement, which largely contrasted with Team USA's reliance on individual scoring.
Australia, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympics, face Canada, Senegal and Lithuania at the World Cup which starts on August 31.