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London Olympics 2012: Team USA Demolishes Nigeria In Record-Setting Route, 156-73

In what may go down as the most prolific performance in Olympic basketball history, the United States' men's team flat-out destroyed Nigeria on Thursday in a 156-73 victory.

Along with shattering the previous Olympic high of 138 points in a game set by Brazil in 1988, Team USA was absolutely unconscious from behind the three-point line as nine separate players manage to hit a three. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love turned in yet another strong performance with 15 points and six rebounds as well, in addition to finishing 3-for-6 from the perimeter.

The night's unquestioned MVP in the 83-point blowout, however, was Carmelo Anthony, who furthered the trend of accurate American outside shooters by draining 10 of his 12 long-range attempts en route to 37 points. Powered by Anthony's monster effort, Team USA finished the game shooting an insane 64.4% (29-for-45) on its three-pointers alone, a fact made even more impressive when you consider that Olympic games are only 40 minutes long.

Next up for the United States is a Saturday afternoon date with a dangerous Lithianian team. From there, Team USA will wrap up its group stage with Argentina the following Monday.

For more coverage of local athletes at this year's games, stay with this StoryStream. Be sure to check out SB Nation's 2012 Olympics hub for more London Games news and analysis.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.