Team USA broke many records on Thursday night including most points in a game and largest margin of victory in their blowout win over Nigeria, 156-73. The Americans won the game by 83 points and more than doubled their opponents. They were led by Carmelo Anthony who had 37 points in only 14 minutes, which is absolutely incredible. Off the bench, he shot 13-16 from the field and 10-12 from 3. Don’t expect these numbers to ever be repeated by him or anyone else. He also broke the individual Olympic scoring record. Team USA shot 71% overall and a whopping 63% from 3. That is with the Nigerians defending them. Another thing to note from this game is that the quarters are only 10 minutes long as opposed to the 12-minute quarters in the NBA, which makes the 156 points even more shocking. Team USA scored 49 points and hit 11 3’s in the first quarter alone. Every US player scored at least once and the only player to shoot under 50% from the field was James Harden.
For the Brooklyn Nets, Deron Williams had a very good game. He had 13 points and 11 assists on 5-6 shooting in 18 minutes off the bench. Deron’s teammate at the point guard position, Chris Paul only had 7 points and 7 assists in 22 minutes. Hopefully Deron will start one of these games soon. Ike Diogu, who played in 2 games for the Spurs last season, led the way for Nigeria with 27 points and 7 rebounds. His performance in this game may get NBA scouts giving him a closer look.
Even though Nigeria had no chance at beating Team USA, the Americans will never have another blowout this big in these Olympics. They will never shoot this well again, and tonight’s performance was simply amazing. The next test for Team USA will be on Saturday morning at 9:30 AM when they face Lithuania, who is led by a pair of Toronto Raptors, Jonas Valančiūnas and Linas Kleiza.