It was an absolute shooting spectacle to behold.
On Thursday, August 2, 2012, Team USA shot a blistering 71% from all points of the court to throttle Nigeria, 156-73, and set several team and individual Olympic and US records that may well stand for years to come.
The first one set was at half-time, where Team USA had run up an Olympic record 78 points, 49 of which came in the first quarter, led by All Star Kobe Bryant with 14 of his 16 points.
Carmelo Anthony beat the individual Olympic scoring mark with 37 points, by hitting 13 of 16 shots (81%), in just over 14 minutes of action, with 10 of 12 (83%) launched behind the arc.
The 156 total stripped the high-point title from Brazil, set in their 1988 victory over Egypt, when they had scored 138. The previous high by a US team was by the Dream team, in 1992, when they scored 127, twice.
As well, the high score was set without LeBron James or Kobe Bryant playing in the 2nd half (and only 10:43 total each in the 1st half), and Melo being yanked from the 3rd quarter, after he dropped his 10th 3-pointer, and only 14:29 total playing time.
The honor of hitting the shot that beat Brazil’s record fell to Andre Iguodala, who nailed a 3-pointer with 4:37 left in the game.
There were US records set as well, by the 2012 team: 3-pointers made (26), field goals made (59) and field goal percentage (71%), as well as margin of victory, winning by 83 points.
The Thursday night performance by team USA has been callled, among other things, a shooting clinic. It was definitely that, and more.
Russell Westbrook scored 21 points on 8 shots, while Kevin Durant snagged 14 and Kevin Love 15 on 9 shots each and Deron Williams took 6 shots for his 13 points. Meanwhile, #1 NBA draft pick, Anthony Davis went 4 for 4 coming up with 9 points.
As the Black Mamba said, “When we get hot, it’s a big problem.”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Congrats to Team USA and, especially, to Melo.
Over For Now.
Main Street One