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Today in NBA History – Aug 26

2004 – Stephon Marbury scores 31 points in a game against Spain at the Athens Olympics.  At the time, Marbury’s 31 points was a Team USA Olympic-record, this was passed by Carmelo Anthony’s 37 points against Nigeria in 2012 at the London Olympics.

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Game 3 Recap – USA defeats Nigeria 156–73

August 2 / Day 5 of the 2012 London Olympics.

The obvious storyline from this game was Carmelo Anthony shooting 10 of 12 three pointers in FOURTEEN minutes of court time.  Not to mention the list of Olympic Records and US Olympic Records that were shattered in this game.  Here is a list of those records:

  • OLYMPIC RECORDS BROKEN:
    • Points scored in one game – 156 (previously 138 by Brazil in 1988 against Egypt)
    • Points scored in the first half – 78 points
    • Margin of Victory – 83 (previously 79 by USA in 1992 against Cuba)
  • US Olympic Records Broken:
    • Points scored by one player – 37 by Carmelo Anthony (previously Stephon Marbury with 31 against Spain in 2004)
    • 3 Pointers made – 26
    • Field Goals made – 59
    • Field Goal percentage – 71%

Again, the Americans had a high volume of made shots coming off an assist – 59 baskets on 41 assists for a 69% assist to field goal ratio.  There’s not much more to say after a game like this, but here is what Carmelo Anthony, Kobe Bryant and Mike “Coach K” Krzyzewski:

Carmelo – “It’s a great accomplishment to get that record.  We did it in a very highly classy way. We went out there and we played basketball. We made shots. We make shots like that and play the way we played tonight, that record could have came on any team.” “It was just one of them nights where as a unit we had it going.  It could have been anybody out on the court playing against us.”

Kobe – “When we get hot, it’s a big problem.  So you have all these guys on one team and then all get hot on the same night, it’s tough.”

Coach K – “Well, obviously, we just shot better than any team in a game that I have ever coached. Our guys just couldn’t miss tonight, and they shared the ball. We had 41 assists. When you hit 29 threes, it’s very difficult to lose in a game like that.”

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