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03 Aug 2012

A record-breaking USA!

The American team march on relentlessly

The third round of the men's basketball tournament proved yet again that the USA is a force to be reckoned with, this time against Nigeria. The final score of 156-73 sets a series of records in Olympic basketball history: the most points scored in a game, the most points in a halftime total (78), the highest victory margin (83 points); Carmelo Anthony, with 37 points, broke the record for the most points scored by an American player in an Olympic game. Still in Group A, other NBA champions were the stars of the show: Tony Parker led France to a major victory against Lithuania, 82-74, while Manu Ginobili, with 24 points, made Argentina rise to victory against Tunisia, 92-69. In Group B, the battle between Spain and Russia rages on, although they both risked losing their winning streak. Spain saw Great Britain make an excellent recovery in the last quarter of the game but managed to win by just one point (79-78); same victory margin for Russia, who struggled against Brazil and won 75-74, thanks to an excellent performance by Andrei Kirilenko, scorer of 19 points. The Spanish and the Russians will be going head to head on Saturday to secure a first spot in the tournament round. In Group B, Australia confirmed its fourth place in the current standings by beating China, 81-61.