Not even the Dream Team can say they did this.
Team USA’s latest powerhouse basketball squad broke multiple Olympic records in routing Nigeria 156–73 on Thursday.
With all the debating going on between whether this year’s Team USA squad is better than the original Dream Teamers from 1992, the current one made quite a statement on the court—specifically behind the three-point line.
Among the records to fall were most points in a game (previous was 138) and most three-pointers with 29 (previous record was 13). The Dream Team’s highest output was 127 points.
“When we get hot, it’s a big problem,” Kobe Bryant said, according to NBCOlympics.com. “So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”
Carmelo Anthony led the team with 37 while hitting an incredible 10-for-12 from three-point land. The 37 points are the most ever by an American in the Olympics.
After a sluggish start to open the game against Tunisia, Team USA scored the first 13 points of the game and finished the first quarter (10 minutes) with 49 points. They put up 78 points by halftime and had eclipsed 100 midway through the third quarter.
Overall, the team shot 71 percent from the floor while hitting just one more two-pointer (30) than three-pointers.
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