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You could argue that the US men’s basketball team played the most dominating game of basketball ever yesterday.They beat Nigeria 156-73, setting the all-time Olympic record for points in a game (156) and margin of victory (83), and the US record for individual scoring (Carmelo Anthony, with 37).
It was a once-in-a-lifetime performance, with the world’s best players all getting hot simultaneously.
Here are the eight most mind-numbing stats:
1. Carmelo Anthony was on pace (based on his 37 points in 14 minutes) for 102 points if he played all 40 minutes of the game (via March Stein).
2. Team USA shot 81% on two-pointers (30 for 37), and 63% on three-pointers (29 for 46).
3. Team USA had more three-pointers than Nigeria had baskets.
4. Team USA averaged 1.814 points per possession. If this was an NBA game, where teams average 95 possessions, USA would have scored 171 points.
5. Team USA scored more points themselves (156) than the combined scores in two other Olympics basketball games yesterday: China-Australia (142), Russia-Brazil (149).
6. Team USA beat the US record for three-pointers in a game by halftime.
7. No one on Team USA had more than 1 turnover.
8. No one on Team USA other than Carmelo took double-digit shots. Kevin Love and Kevin Durant led the non-Melo portion of the team with 9 shot attempts.
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