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Carmelo Anthony, Team USA set Olympic scoring records in rout of Nigeria

Team USA beat Nigeria 156-73 Thursday setting an Olympic scoring record in the process and winning by an unbelievable margin of 83 points.

Carmelo Anthony led the way for the United States setting a U.S. Olympic record with 37 points and making 10-of-12 threes in the game. Stephon Marbury was the previous scoring record holder with 31 from back in 2004 against Spain.

The United States were ridiculously on fire from three in the game going 29-for-46 from beyond the arc in the game setting another U.S. record. The previous record for threes made in a game by the U.S. in the Olympics was 13 vs. Spain back in 2008. The U.S. made 14 threes in the first half today.

Russell Westbrook provided the best highlight of the game with a nasty alley-oop on a fast break late in the third quarter. Wetsbrook scored 21 points on 7-of-8 shooting in the game and actually looked like he wanted to catch Anthony in points but sat the entire fourth quarter.

Kevin Durant scored 14 points and made four threes for the U.S. James Harden had seven points and four assists off the bench.

The U.S. led 49-25 after the first quarter and you knew they were in for a special night. The U.S. would finish shooting 71.1 percent from the field and racking up 38 assists.

There was one kind of bright spot for Nigeria in Ike Diogu who scored 27 points for them. Nigeria turned the ball over 24 times in the game though and shot just 41.2 percent from the field.

Team USA will play their next game vs. Lithuania Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EST.

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