Carmelo Anthony Becomes Top Scorer In U.S. Olympics History
Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks forward, became the leading scorer in Olympics basketball history Wednesday when he surpassed LeBron James in Team USA’s 98-88 victory over Australia.Advertisement
Anthony finished with a game-high of 31 points to improve his overall tally to 293 points, surpassing James’ mark of 273 points. San Antonio Spurs great David Robinson (270) and Michael Jordan (256) are ranked third and fourth on the all-time list, respectively.
The 9-time All-Star got the milestone in the first quarter after making three 3-pointers to move past James. After the game, Anthony acknowledged he was aware of the record.
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“Of course I was conscious of it. My teammates was making sure I was aware of the situation, but tonight was one of those nights where I wanted to let the game come to me and take the shots that was given to me, take the open shots and kind of play basketball,” said the Knicks star.
Carmelo Anthony knocks down 9 threes
Anthony finished 11/21 from the field with a total nine threes. He also had 8 rebounds and 2 steals and the Americans starved off a late fightback from the Australians. In fact, the U.S. trailed the Australians at the start of the fourth quarter until Anthony knocked down a flurry of threes. Anthony hit a total of 14 points in the final quarter.
With 1:35 left in the game, the Australians were trailing by only 4 points until Kyrie Irving hit a clutch three to seal the deal for Team USA. Irving had a total of 19 points.
“He was wanting that moment. He was special tonight. We joke about it, this being his farewell tour,” teammate Paul George said about Anthony’s clutch performance.
Patty Mills, who plays for the Spurs, led the Australians with 30 points. Mills leads the tournament in scoring.
Carmelo Anthony will likely go down as Team USA’s greatest basketball star. He already holds the records for most points, most games (26) and trails David Robinson for rebounds. If Team USA wins the tournament, it would mark Anthony’s third gold medal and fourth overall.