(LONDON) — The U.S. men’s basketball team couldn’t miss Thursday. The team shot an U.S. Olympic record 71 percent from the field, leading to an Olympic record 156 points, as Team USA defeated Nigeria 156-73.
The Americans also broke the record for biggest point differential in a win (83), and set U.S. records for 3-pointers (26) and field goals (59).
U.S. forward Carmelo Anthony broke the U.S. single-game scoring record by scoring 37 points, and shooting 10 for 12 from 3-point land.
“I’ve been in situations were I’ve got hot before and made tons of shots, but in a situation like this…and circumstances; USA team, fighting for our country, playing for our country…it couldn’t have come at a better time for me,” Anthony said. “It was just one of those moments where I couldn’t believe it.”
The next game for the Americans is Saturday, against Lithuania.
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