U.S. Cagers' 83-point Win over Nigeria is not a Record
byon 08-04-2012 at 12:04 PM (639 Views)
During the 1948 London Olympics, the Philippines posted a 102-30 victory over Iraq in its opening assignment to become the first team ever to reach the century mark in Olympic men's basketball history.
The rub of the schedule gave the distinction to the Filipinos as Chile (100-18), Korea (120-20) and China (125-25), then represented by the Nationalist Republic of China (now called Taiwan), subsequently also reached the 100-point plateau against winless Iraq (0-5) in the Filipinos' preliminary six-nation group.
Additionally, Korea and Chinaís 100-point winning margins against Iraq are the biggest in Olympic menís basketball history.
In the ongoing Olympic competitions again in London, the NBA-dominated United States team zoomed to its third consecutive victory in its six-nation Group A preliminary phase, a 156-73 blasting of African power Nigeria last August 2.
While the Americans' smashing win set various Olympic men's basketball records, it was far short of the hundreds of records that the Fabulous Four from Liverpool, England collectively known as the Beatles made and accomplished during their musical heyday in the 1960s and early 1970s.
In the lopsided game, forward Carmelo Anthony came off the bench to collect a U.S. team Olympic record-setting 37 points in a mere 14 minutes to shatter fellow one-time New York Knick Stephon Marburyís 31-point performance in the U.S.ís 102-94 quarterfinal success over Spain during the 2004 Athens Olympics.
En route to his 37-point feast, the 6-8 Anthony went 13-for-16 from the field, including 10-for-12 from beyond the three-point arc that is a foot-and-a-half shorter than the NBAís. He bettered by six points the old U.S. Olympic mark held by Marbury, a 6-2 guard who this year powered the Beijing Ducks to the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) title over the seven-time champion Guangdong Southern Tigers and earned Finals MVP honors in the process.
Team USAís 83-point victory against Nigeria obliterated its own Olympic single-game winning mark of 72 (101-29) against Thailand in the 1956 Rome Games.
The U.S.ís 156-point total is a new Olympic mark, breaking Brazilís 138 points against Egypt (85) in a first-round game during the 1988 Seoul Games.
The Yanksí 29 three-pointers (out of 46 attempts) also are a new Olympic record.
Nonetheless, Team USA's 83-point winning margin over Nigeria is not the biggest in Olympic men's basketball history. **Korea and China each beat Iraq by 100 points during the 1948 London Games.
Meanwhile, Anthony and LeBron James, who as one-year NBA veterans secured a bronze medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics and a gold during the 2008 Beijing Games, are currently seeing action in their third Olympics. *
The only other three-time U.S. menís basketball Olympian is Navyman David (The Admiral) Robinson, who brought home a bronze in Seoul in 1988 (as an amateur) and a gold in both the 1992 Barcelona and 1996 Atlanta Olympics.