Team USA set a new Olympic record today with their jaw-dropping 83-point victory over Nigeria. The 83-point victory was the highest scoring game in Olympic history, which is why it seems only fitting that Carmelo Anthony’s 37-points were the most scored in an Olympic game by an American:
“It’s unexplainable, that’s the only thing I can say about it,” said Carmelo Anthony after putting on an absolute shooting clinic, scoring 37 points- the most ever scored in an Olympic game by an American. And it was. Carmelo Anthony has been a blessing off the bench for Team USA, and he proved why in the team’s astounding 83-point victory over Nigeria. Anthony wasted no time, shooting a perfect 4-4 from the field for a quick 12 points. It wasn’t long before he erupted from beyond the arc, draining 5 three’s with 2 minutes to go in the first half. Melo would finish the half with 19 points on 7-9 FGA-M shooting and contributing 5 three’s of his own to the team’s 14-25 (56%) 1st half 3-point shooting. Carmelo kicked off the third with a lob to Anthony Davis, picking up right where he left off. Little did we know, his 3-point shooting was just taking off as he hit 4 three’s in a row in the third quarter to give Team USA a suffocating 43-point lead (97-54). It was incredible to watch as the 3x Olympian set an Olympic scoring record by an American with 37 points. He finished with an impressive 37 points (13-16 FGM-A), 10-12 3PM-A, 4 rebounds and 1 assist in 14 minutes.
Despite Team USA’s 83-point victory, Tyson Chandler didn’t have a notable impact on today’s game. He is suffering from a left hand injury due to a dislocated finger, but there’s no telling how that’s effecting his game. In 14 minutes, the same amount of time Carmelo Anthony was checked into the game, Chandler was able to score just 2 points and pull down 5 boards. He could be hurting, but if that’s not the case, look for him to have a big game vs. Lithuania Saturday.