2002 Yugoslavia defeated the United States 81-78

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Yugoslavia 2002

Yugoslavia upset the United States, 81-78, in the quarterfinals of the World Basketball Championship at Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday night.

"We definitely made history," U.S. forward Ben Wallace said. "It wasn't the type of history we wanted to make, but we definitely made history."

The United States had won its first 58 games since NBA players joined the national teams in 1992.

Yugoslavia with Divac and Stojakovic (Sacramento Kings), Dejan Bodiroga (former MVP of the Euroleague), Marko Jaric defeated the USA with Paul Pierce, Reggie Miller, Ben Wallace, Baron Davis and Jermaine O'Neal in one of the best game of FIBA World Cup History.

When Miller's shot missed, the Yugoslavian fans, players and media celebrated wildly. Gurovic was hoisted onto his teammates shoulders.

Stojakovic, one of five NBA players on Yugoslavia's roster, scored 20 points. Vlade Divac added 16 pts - all in the first half, and Milan Gurovic had 15.

Andre Miller scored 19 points, Paul Pierce scored also 19 points and Finley had 12 points against the Yugoslavia.

"This is a great victory for us,'' said Divac, who boldly stated a week ago that his team knew it could beat the United States. ``It's not fair for the U.S. team because there is so much pressure on them, and the international game is a different game than they're used to.''

"Right now, after beating the U.S., we think we can win the gold medal,'' Peja Stojakovic said.

Of course, Yugoslavia defeated Argentina 84-77 (overtime) to repeat as World Champions.

"The victory is so much sweeter as it was scored in America, the cradle of basketball," former Yugoslav team captain Aleksandar Djordjevic said.