DONGGUAN, China — The U.S. will depart the World Cup with its worst end in a significant worldwide event, assured of ending no higher than seventh after falling to Serbia 94-89 in a comfort playoff sport Thursday evening.
The earlier worst end for a U.S. males’s group in 45 event appearances was sixth on the 2002 world championships. The Individuals — the top-ranked group on the earth — can be both seventh or eighth in China, relying on the result of their comfort finale Saturday.
Harrison Barnes scored 22 for the U.S., which acquired 18 from Kemba Walker and 16 from Khris Middleton.
Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 28 for Serbia, which ran out to a fast 25-point lead and handed the U.S. its second loss in two days. Vladimir Lucic scored 15 for Serbia, which can play for fifth place Saturday.