USA Basketball 2012: Team USA throttles Nigeria

In a completely dominating performance, Team USA defeated Nigeria in men’s basketball by a score of 157-73 on Thursday night in London. In the single game, the Americans set U.S. records for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59), and field-goal percentage (71%).  The also set a Olympic record for points in a game with their 157, beating the Brazilian record of 138, which was set in 1988 in a game against Egypt. Andre Iguodala hit the three-pointer that broke the record.

Besides all the flashy records, it was good to see Team USA avoid a slow start like they did against France and Tunisia. The Americans were up 27 at the end of the first quarter, and they never really looked back. In fact, Team USA reached the 100 point mark point with five minutes left in the third quarter.

Carmelo Anthony led Team USA with 37 points on 13 of 16 shooting from the field. Russell Westbrook was the next leading scorer with 21, and Kobe Bryant followed with 16. Ike Diogu, Nigeria’s star players, scored 27 in a losing effort.

“When they shoot like this, I don’t know if there is any team that can beat them,” said Diogu.

He’s probably right.


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