Carmelo Anthony’s Game-High 31 Points Saves USA From Upset
Wednesday, Carmelo Anthony led all scorers and team USA to a 98-88 victory over an impressive Australian team. The USA men’s basketball team improves to 3-0 after coming back from a five-point halftime deficit. Anthony scored a game-high 31 points and is now team USA’s all-time leading Olympic scorer.
After the victory, Anthony referenced the 2004 USA team’s loss as this years only four-time Olympian. Anthony commented, “I was out there playing tonight…That experience…We accepted it. We know that feeling and we don’t want to experience that feeling anymore.” It’s been 12 years since Americans have lost a basketball game in the Olympics. Team USA has never looked back after the defeat in 2004.
Anthony certainly proved he didn’t want to feel that again as he was 11-21 from the floor hitting three shots from deep. ‘Melo remained a factor into the fourth scoring a layup with just over five minutes in regulation putting team USA up seven.
It would be NBA champion Kyrie Irving, however, that put the game out of reach for Australia. Similar to his Finals winning three, Irving hit a three from the right wing with 1:35 left putting team USA back up seven. He finished with 19 points and five assists. Anthony was the overall leader for team USA Wednesday but Irving put the seal on their second-half comeback. The two combined for 26 of the USA’s 28 fourth quarter points.
Despite valiant efforts from Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut the USA proved once again to have the superior program. However, Australia did succeed in giving the USA a huge wake-up call. These teams are all playing for the pride of their countries and they won’t roll over despite the odds.
Next up for the USA men’s basketball team is Serbia, Friday, 3:00 pm
USA Women’s basketball team schedule: Friday, 11:30 AM against Canada