Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers called it the most prolific offensive performance in the history of USA basketball.
That’s how he described the U.S. national men’s basketball team’s third victory of the 2012 Summer Olympic Games, as the Americans crushed Nigeria, 156-73.
Team USA now owns the Olympic record for most points scored in a single contest, and most scored in a single half (78), as they beat Nigeria by 83 points.
The U.S. was led by New York Knicks star forward Carmelo Anthony, who set a new American record with 37 points scored in a single Olympic basketball game, and he did it in less than three quarters played. The Brooklyn, N.Y.-born, Baltimore, Md. raised Anthony was on fire, knocking down 10-of-12 three-point attempts.
Hit hot shooting from the arc was contagious for the Americans as the entire team caught fire, finishing the game with a 29-for-45 from trey-ball land, also a new American record.
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook came off the bench for Team USA, scoring 21 points while his Thunder teammate forward Kevin Durant added 14 points. Los Angeles Lakers star guard Kobe Bryant scored 16 points, all in the first half, 14 points scored in the opening quarter.
Ike Diogu scored a team-high 27 points for Nigeria (1-2).
USA (3-0) will next face Lithuania on Aug. 4.