Can the U.S. men’s basketball team defend its gold medal in Tokyo? That’s the big question ahead of the 2021 Olympics.

Team USA is loaded with NBA stars such as Kevin Durant and Damian Lillard playing prominent roles under coach Gregg Popovich. That talent can only take this group so far, though, as Team USA learned when it lost exhibition games earlier this month against Nigeria and Australia.

The Americans start off Olympic play on Sunday with a tough matchup against a France squad that features Defensive Player of the Year Rudy Gobert. That likely won’t be the only test Team USA faces in its quest for gold.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from USA vs. France to open the 2021 Olympic men’s basketball tournament. Follow along here for complete results from the Group A matchup.

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USA vs. France score

Group A Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
USA 22
France 15

USA vs. France live updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

(All times Eastern)

8:30 a.m. — France runs a nice high-low action with Nicolas Batum finding Moustapha Fall for the easy dunk.

End of first quarter: USA 22, France 15

8:25 a.m. — Team USA is overwhelming France with its defensive intensity.

8:15 a.m. — Kevin Durant already has seven points, but he has also picked up two fouls in the first quarter.

8 a.m. — The starters for each team…

  • USA: Damian Lillard, Zach LaVine, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Bam Adebayo
  • France: Nando De Colo, Evan Fournier, Nicolas Batum, Guerschon Yabusele, Rudy Gobert

7:45 a.m. — A couple of roster updates ahead of USA vs. France:

How to watch USA Olympic basketball games

  • Time: 8 a.m. ET | 5 a.m. PT
  • TV channel: N/A live on cable
  • Live stream: Peacock

The USA vs. France men’s basketball game won’t be broadcast live on cable television. Peacock, NBC’s streaming service, is the only place to watch the live action at 8 a.m. ET on Saturday. NBCSN is scheduled to air a replay of the 2021 Olympic opener at midnight on July 26.

Men’s Olympic basketball schedule 2021

(All times Eastern)

July 24

Game Time
Iran vs. Czech Republic 9 p.m.

July 25

Game Time
Germany vs. Italy 12:40 a.m.
Australia vs. Nigeria 4:20 a.m.
France vs. United States 8 a.m.

July 26

Game Time
Argentina vs. Slovenia 12:40 a.m.
Japan vs. Spain 8 a.m.

July 27

Game Time
Nigeria vs. Germany 9 p.m.

July 28

Game Time
United States vs. Iran 12:40 a.m.
Italy vs. Australia 4:20 a.m.
Czech Republic vs. France 8 a.m.

July 29

Game Time
Slovenia vs. Japan 12:40 a.m.
Spain vs. Argentina 8 a.m.

July 30

Game Time
Iran vs. France 9 p.m.

July 31

Game Time
Italy vs. Nigeria 12:40 a.m.
Australia vs. Germany 4:20 a.m.
United States vs. Czech Republic 8 a.m.

Aug. 1

Game Time
Argentina vs. Japan 12:40 a.m.
Spain vs. Slovenia 4:20 a.m.

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