Australia coach Andrej Lemanis was prepared to limit his starters' minutes in the second half while also using only half of his playbook during their group stage game against the United States.
With a possible rematch with a medal at stake, there would be a competitive advantage in not showing the United States too much.
But Australia kept the game within single-digits into the final quarter with the United States winning 98-88. Australia actually had a 54-49 lead over Team USA at halftime.
The United States have won 71 straight games, last losing against Greece in the 2006 FIBA World Championship.