USA defeats Nigeria in Olympic basketball

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Updated August 3, 2012

The United States on Thursday night knocked off Nigeria’s D’Tigers 156-73, in the highest scoring basketball game in Olympic history.

Nigeria set the record for conceding more than 100 per cent of the points scored by a team.

It was a game in which Olympic scoring records were broken across the board, reports NBA Circle.

Carmelo Anthony scored 37, surpassing the US record of 31 by Stephon Marbury, on 10/12 from three point land, also a US record, in just 14 minutes.

The US shot 29/46 from 3 (a record) & 30/37 from inside the arc on 41 assists (tying the Olympic record). The 156 US points surpassed the Olympic record of 138 by Brazil and the 83 point differential is a US Olympic record.

The final score of 156 points is the U.S highest winning scoring while 83 point differential is a U.S Olympic record.

The sensational win featured 37 points from Carmelo Anthony for a U.S Olympic individual scoring high.
No fewer than 12,000 spectators gathered on Thursday to watch the keen Group A basketball game between both sides at the Olympic basketball arena in London.

The game was another dismal outing for Nigeria’s D’Tigers, two days after their defeat by Lithuania. The USA-Nigeria game ended ‎​49-25 in the first quarter and was 78-42 at half-time.

The third quarter ended ‎​119-62 in favour of U.S, with Nigeria showing no sign of improving. The game ended U.S 156 Nigeria 73.

Despite the loss, Nigeria still remains the highest scoring African basketball team at the Olympics so far.