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Team USA Shatters Olympic Records In Win Over Nigeria

Nigeria’s national basketball team claimed they weren’t intimidated by Team USA when the Olympics began last week. Maybe someone should ask them again.

If you had Team USA (-82) over Nigeria, you came out a winner. Carmelo Anthony scored a U.S. Olympic record 37 points (30 of which came on 10 made 3s) in his team’s 156-73 victory over Nigeria Thursday, as the Americans shattered multiple Olympic records.

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 Most points in any Olympics game? Check. The previous high was 138 by Brazil in 1988. The previous U.S. high was 133 back in 1996. While they didn’t keep up their 196-point pace set in the first half, 156 is a new mark that will be tough to surpass. Oh yeah, they also set the record for most points in a half (78).

Most three pointers in any Olympics game? Check. The previous high of 13 by Team USA in the 2008 Gold Medal game was broken in the first 2o minutes. In the first quarter, the U.S. scored 49 points thanks in large part to 11 made 3s.  By halftime, they’d had nailed 14 triples. By the end of the game, the new Olympic record was 29. 29! I don’t care who you’re playing. Making 29 out of 46 from beyond the arc (63%) is otherworldly. Nigeria had 28 made field goals combined for the entire contest.

How was their shooting percentage from inside 3 point land? Oh, it was only 81%. Seriously. They eclipsed the 100 point mark in only 25 minutes of play.

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 The 83 point margin of victory crushed the previous record of 72 when the great Bill Russell led Team USA over Thailand in the 1956 Summer Games in Melbourne.

And just for good measure, the 59 field goals made and 71.1% FG percentage surpassed the previous U.S. Olympic marks too.

Well guys, what do you have for an encore? Next up is Lithuania on Saturday morning (8:30 central time tip). Someone could ask the Lithuanians if they’re intimidated? After Thursday’s record setting performance, nobody has too.

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