There will be no gold medal for the USA at the men's basketball World Cup - and for the second consecutive time in the sport's biggest international tournament, there may be the embarrassment of no medal at all for the Americans.
Instead, it's Germany on the cusp of a world title.
Andreas Obst scored 24 points, Franz Wagner added 22 and Germany scored more points than any team ever has against a USA Basketball team featuring NBA players — earning a 113-111 win in the World Cup semifinals on Friday.
"This team is very worthy of winning a championship," US coach Steve Kerr said, praising his conquerors.
"And we just didn't get it done."
No, they didn't - and now questions will fly once again.
USA Basketball has been talking for years about how the continuity of top international teams has closed what was once a sizeable gap between the Americans and the rest of the world.
The US have won the last four Olympic titles, but now it's two straight World Cups with no gold for the leading basketball nation.
"Terrible," US guard and captain Jalen Brunson said. "Plain and simple."
Germany — the last unbeaten team left in the tournament at 7-0 — will now play Serbia on Sunday in an all-European clash for the World Cup title.
Serbia beat Canada in the first semi-final, getting to their second World Cup final in the last three tournaments. They had lost 129-92 to the US in the 2014 championship game.
Earlier on Sunday, the US will have to beat Canada in the bronze-medal game if they are to avoid going home empty-handed again.
"It's a special group," Germany coach Gordie Herbert said after his team made the World Cup final for the first time.
"The way we played, the way we played together, we stuck together when things got tough and we had players who made some huge plays. One more to go."
The US, down by 10 midway through the fourth, nearly pulled off a comeback, getting within one point on two separate occasions in the final minutes.
But the Americans never got the lead, and it was the Germans jumping and hugging as time expired.
Anthony Edwards lead the way, scoring 23 points for the US, but they couldn't stop the Germans shooting at 58 per cent, which was their ultimate undoing.
The previous high for points allowed by a US men's team in the Olympics or World Cup in the era when NBA players could be used — going back to 1992 — was 110.
And that was earlier in this tournament, against Lithuania, in another US loss.
"We weren't ever able to make them feel us defensively," Kerr said of the latest setback.
Germany had been 0-6 against the Americans in World Cup or Olympic competition going into the match.
Not this time.
Once again, even bringing the only roster filled with all NBA players, wasn't enough for the US at the World Cup.
The Americans finished seventh at the 2019 event in China. This finish — third or fourth — will technically be better, but nothing other than gold was going to be satisfactory for USA Basketball.