Day 3 of Olympic tournament in London - Aug 3, 2012
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USA - Nigeria 156-73 USA clinched the third straight win at the start of Olympic basketball tournament. They swept Nigeria for 3-0 record on top of Group A. Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) exploded with 37 points to lead the winners. Team USA shocked Nigeria in the opening quarter. The North American team shot lights out hitting 11/14 three-pointers and accounting for stunning 49 points in the opening ten minutes. Team USA stayed red hot from the field in the second quarter. They accounted for 78 points in the first half to ensure a 33-point halftime advantage. Carmelo Anthony put on a one-man show in the third term. He poured in 18 points including five three-pointers to give Team USA a 119:62 lead with one quarter remaining. USA never looked back en route to a mesmerizing record-breaking win at the end. Russell Westbrook (191-PG-88, college: UCLA) notched 21 points, while Kobe Bryant added 16 points in the winning case. Ike Diogu (208-F/C-83, college: Arizona St.) answered with 27 points and 7 rebounds for Nigeria. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-SG-86, college: Illinois St.) had 11 points in the loss.
Argentina - Tunisia 92-69 Argentina fired past Tunisia for the second win in London. Trailing by 14 points by the end of the opening quarter Argentina woke up in the next quarters to seal the victory. Emanuel Ginobili (198-SG-77, agency: Interperformances) scored 24 points to lead the Latin American team. Tunisia fell at 0-3 record after the loss. Tunisia shocked their opponents in the starting frame. The African champions exploded with 28 points to take a 14-point lead. Argentina tipped off the second frame on a 15:0 run to surge ahead. But Tunisia refused to give that early knotting things up at 40 after twenty minutes. Emanuel Ginobili, Campazzo and Carlos Delfino (200-SF-82) connected from beyond the arc in the third term to give Argentina a 49:40 lead early in the third stanza. The Latin American team ensured a 71:56 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Argentina quickly boosted the lead to 20 points in the final stanza and cruised to the victory at the end. Luis Scola posted 20 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists, while Carlos Delfino netted 21 points for the winners. Salah Mejri answered with 19 points and 14 boards for Tunisia. Mourad El Mabrouk (185-SG-86) had 16 points in the loss.
France - Lithuania 82-74 France recorded the second straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They defeated Lithuania to improve at 2-1 record in Group A. Lithuania fell at 1-2 record after the loss. Tony Parker (188-PG-82) scored 27 points to pace Les Bleus. France scored 25 points in a high-flying first quarter to take a 4-point lead. Lithuania however took over in the second period. They capped the half on an 8:2 run to take a 43:39 halftime advantage. France responded with a 5:0 spurt at the start of the second half to retain the lead. France ignited a 10:3 rally late in the period to enter the final stanza up by 7 points 59:52. Nicolas Batum (203-SF-88), Seraphin and Boris Diaw stretched the lead to 11 points early in the final quarter. Lithuania got back within 6 points late in regulation but Nando De Colo and Tony Parker sealed the victory for France. Nicolas Batum posted 21 points, while Boris Diaw added 10 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds for the winners. Linas Kleiza (203-SF-85, college: Missouri) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds for Lithuania. Martynas Pocius added 15 points in the loss.
Brazil - Russia 74-75 Russia earned the third straight win at the Olympic Games basketball tournament. They snatched a thrilling victory over Brazil. Vitaliy Fridzon (196-G-85, agency: Alti Sport) drained a late three-pointer to propel Russia to the win. Brazil fell at 2-1 record in Group B after the loss. Brazil ensured a confident start to the game. The Latin American team gained a 20:15 lead at the first intermission. However Andrei Kirilenko knocked donw 15 points in the second quarter to put Russian in front 40:32 at halftime. Timofey Mozgov (215-C-86, agency: Ryzhov Stanislav) gave Russia a double-digit lead at the start of the third quarter. They kept Brazil at distance posting a 59:53 lead at the final intermission. But the Latin American team denied the deficit in the fourth stanza. Nene Hilario tipped off a 6:0 run that tied things up at 63. Soon Larry Taylor (185-G-80, college: Missouri Western) and Leandrinho Barbosa (190-PG-82) gave Brazil a 72:67 lead. But Alexey Shved knocked down five points in a row to narrow the deficit. Marcelinho Huertas made it 74:72 for Brazil however Vitaly Vitaliy Fridzon dropped a killer bomb and sealed the victory for David Blatt's team. Andrei Kirilenko accounted for 19 points, while Timofey Mozgov added 18 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Leandrinho Barbosa answered with 16 points for Brazil. Larry Taylor netted 12 points in the loss.
Spain - United Kingdom 79-78 Spain registered the third win at the Olympic basketball tournament. This one did not come easily as the European champions met a fierce opposition from the hosts. Great Britain challenged Spain before losing by a single point at the end. Jose Manuel Calderon (192-PG-81) finished with 19 points to keep Spain perfect. Great Britain slipped at 0-3 record after the loss. Spain opened the game with six points in a row to set the tone. They gained a 22:11 lead soon before allowing Great Britain to cut it to 9 points at the first break 15:24. Spain stayed in charge throughout the second quarter. They accumulated a 37:29 halftime advantage. Rudy Fernandez and Ibaka gave Spain a 54:41 lead midway through the third term. They finished the quarter up by 12 points 60:48. However Luol Deng (206-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Duke) knocked down 8 points in a row for Great Britain midway through the final stanza to put Great Britain within 6. Joel Freeland and Luol Deng trimmed the distance to 3 points with just over three minutes remaining 65:68. Jose Manuel Calderon made it 75:69 with 39 seconds to go. But Clark drained a triple to keep intrigue alive. Jose Manuel Calderon hit four free throws, while Reinking and Luol Deng dropped two bombs from behind the arc to cut the distance to a single point 78:79. However Great Britain failed to foul any Spanish player in the dying seconds and they got away with victory. Pau Gasol posted 17 points, while Marc Gasol (216-C-85, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points for the winners. Luol Deng replied with 26 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists for Great Britain. Joel Freeland netted 25 points in the loss.
Australia - China 81-61 Australia recover from the first two losses celebrating the initial victory at Olympics 2012. The team grabbed 81:61 win over China for 1-2 record in Group B. The Asian team meanwhile fell at 0-3 record on the bottom of the group. Both teams entered the game winless and struggled for the first win. China managed to produce 22-21 in the first period but failed in the second quarter. Australia erupted with 28-11 in the end of the first half to take 49:33 advantage. Patrick Mills (183-PG-88, college: St.Mary's, CA) opened the third period for 51:33, while China reduced to 10 points after an 8-0 run. Wang ShiPeng (198-SG-83) nailed three for 51:41 and then Chen Jianghua scored for 55:46. That was however the closest gap they could come up with. Australia added massive 20-9 in the last stanza to seal the victory. Patrick Mills top-scored for the winners with 20 points and David Andersen nailed 17. Joe Ingles notched 13, whilst Aron Baynes delivered 8. Wang ShiPeng ended up with 21 points in the losing effort and Jianlian Yi collected 13 points and 12 rebounds. Chen Jianghua scored 10, while Liu had 9.
Carmelo Anthony says 2016 will be his last Olympics - 6 months ago
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Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 20... [read more]
Carmelo Anthony (203-SF-84, college: Syracuse) said after Sunday's gold medal win over Serbia that this will be his last Olympic performance and hinted that he could be done with international play as a whole. 'I know this is the end,' Melo said when asked what made his third gold medal so special. 'This is it for me.' Anthony, 32, has played in four Olympics for the United States. After settling for bronze in 2004, he was a member of the American teams that won three straight golds in 2008, 2012 and 2016. 'I stepped up to the challenge, but this is what it's about, representing our country on the biggest stage you can be on,' Anthony said. In a video posted to Snapchat after the game, Anthony said he was 'signing out of Team USA basketball,' which would mean he wouldn't play in other non-Olympic international tournaments. Courtesy of: si.com
Rio 2016: USA clinch third consecutive Olympic Gold - 6 months ago
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Team USA - Serbia 96:66 Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Te... [read more]
Team USA - Serbia 96:66
Team USA earned the third straight Olympic Gold. They cruised past Serbia in the championship game tonight. Kevin Durant (206-SF-88, college: Texas) was unstoppable with 30 points for the champions. Serbia were able to keep up with the USA for the bigger part of the first period. However Team USA capped the quarter on an 8:1 run to take a 19:15 lead. The North American side stepped on the gas in the second frame. Kevin Durant drained 18 points in the period as Team USA opened a comfortable 52:29 halftime lead. They extended the lead in the third term. The North American side dominated rallying to a 36-point lead at the final intermission. Team USA allowed Serbia to cut the deficit in the fourth frame cruising to a convincing victory. DeMarcus Cousins (211-C/F-90, college: Kentucky) finished with 13 points and 15 rebounds, while Klay Thompson (201-G-90, college: Washington St.) added 12 points for the champions. Nemanja Nedovic (191-PG-91, agency: BeoBasket) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan (206-PF-89) tossed in 11 points in the defeat.
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