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Maryland angle: 'Melo sets records as U.S. smashes Nigeria in men's basketball

Maryland angle: 'Melo sets records as U.S. smashes Nigeria in men's basketball

As if the U.S. needed to shoot well, too.

They're already the top men's basketball team in the Olympics, able to drive and dunk and put up a display better than anybody.

So they drove a stake through Nigeria in a preliminary game, 156-73, making a massive number of 3-pointers Thursday and smashing the Olympic record for points in a game.

Carmelo Anthony (Towson Catholic) scored 37 points, the most ever for a U.S. player in the Olympics, and set another U.S. Olympic record by making 10 3-pointers (he needed only 12 attempts).

The U.S. had 49 points in the first quarter, an Olympic-record 78 at halftime and led through three quarters 119-62. Those...

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