Team USA made how many three-pointers?! And scored how many points?!Those watching the United States men’s basketball team’s 156-73 win over Nigeria on Thursday can be forgiven if they mistook it for the NBA All-Star Game. Things just came that easily for the Americans.
The United States’ 156 points and 29 three-pointers shattered the Olympic records of 138 and 13, respectively. They also set U.S. Olympic records for three-pointers attempted (46), field goal percentage (71.1%) and margin of victory (83).
Carmelo Anthony led the Americans with a U.S.-record 37 points and 10 three-pointers, topping marks set by Stephon Marbury in 2004. Anthony went 13-of-16 from the field, including 10-of-12 from three-point range, in just 14 minutes, 29 seconds of playing time.
The United States made 13 three-pointers in the 2008 gold-medal game against Spain. That record was history by halftime, as the Americans hit 14 through two quarters, including 11 in the first.
The hot shooting continued in the second half. The United States had 119 points after three quarters, putting the record for total points well within reach. The U.S. surpassed its Olympic record of 133 points midway through the fourth quarter.