Thursday’s game against Nigeria showed the world just how dominant the US Men’s Basketball team can be. Nigeria had a record of one win and one loss coming into the game, while the US team came in undefeated. The game set many Olympic records – unfortunately not in Nigeria’s favor. The US started the game shooting from three-point range and ultimately scoring 29 3-pointers, a new USA Olympic Record. The team started off with a 15-2 point lead and took off from there.
The game was unbelievable with one of the best shooting performance I’ve ever seen. The team shot 71.1% overall from the floor. The excellent shooting skills of Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony seemed contagious. LeBron James and Kobe Bryant didn’t even play the second half!
The final score of the game came out to be 156-73…an 83-point victory! The 156 points that the US scored set a new Olympic record for most points scored in a game, originally set by Brazil with 138 points. Nigeria was too outmatched, showing no signs of fight during the blowout win. Carmelo Anthony was the main US star in the game. Although, he only played 14 minutes, he was in the zone scoring 37 quick points and beating Stephan Marbury’s 31 points setting a new scoring high for the men’s USA Olympic record.
Hopefully the US team can continue their shooting prowess and success, ultimately resulting in gold medal. For now, however, can their opponents show up and play? Or will every game from here on out be a blowout?
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Written by Guest Blogger, Matt Goldberg