London, England – The U.S.men's basketball team put on a historic performance on Thursday as several records came crashing down in a 156-73 rout of Nigeria.
The 156 points established a new record for the most in an Olympic basketball game and also smashed the previous United States record of 133 on July 26, 1996 against China.
Carmelo Anthony led the offensive onslaught for the United States, dropping in 37 points on an incredible 10-of-12 from three-point range. His point total eclipsed the previous record for points in a game by a US player -- 33 by Stephon Marbury on August 26, 2004 against Spain.
Russell Westbrook netted 21 points, Kobe Bryant finished with 16, Kevin Love added 15 and Deron Williams chipped in with 13 points in the rout for the United States, who improved to 3-0 in Pool A play and will face Lithuania in their next matchup.
The United States shot a remarkable 81 percent from two-point range and 63 percent from beyond the arc, which tied a U.S. Olympic mark for the highest three-point percentage. The U.S. Olympians also shot 63 percent from three- point range against Canada on September 20, 1988.
Even more records fell on Thursday as the U.S. tied the all-time mark for most assists in a game with 41 and established a new record for biggest margin of victory with the 83-point romp.
The United States came flying out of the gates and got out to a quick 13-0 lead less than three minutes into the game. That run essentially spelled the end for Nigeria, which got 27 points in defeat from Ike Diogu.
Chamberlain Oguchi added 11 points, while NBA veteran Al-Farouq Aminu contributed seven points for Nigeria.
The United States led by a commanding 49-25 margin after the first quarter and poured it on the rest of the way, leading by a more-than-comfortable 78-45 cushion at halftime.
Anthony drained his record-setting three-pointer with 5:27 to go in the third quarter from the top of the key. He swished home his final bucket of the night with just over five minutes to go in the frame, giving the U.S. team a 100-54 advantage.
Andre Iguodala, who finished with nine points on the night, put the icing on the cake when he fired home the three-pointer in the fourth quarter that set the scoring mark for the U.S., eclipsing the old Olympic record of 138 set by Brazil.