The Knicks’ 21-year-old French guard helped bury the US at the with the type of game that could portend a career-changing season

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The New York Knicks may have been the only team that got some enjoyment of Team USA’s early exit at the hands of France at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Third-year Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina played a key role in helping France end USA Basketball’s 58-game win streak with NBA players in international basketball.

Ntilikina could state his case for having been the best guard on the floor in the fourth quarter, ahead of even stars like Kemba Walker and Donovan Mitchell. The 21-year-old Ntilikina helped swing momentum back toward France in the final frame with his full-court pressure on Team USA’s guards, plus a surprising dose of offense, including a buzzer-beating dagger with 2:15 left to play.


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