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.
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