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USA Vs. Nigeria, 2012 Olympics: Final Score, 156-73 Beatdown For The Americans

The United States men's basketball team comfortably defeated Tunisia in their first game at the London 2012 Olympics, but got off to a very slow start. They appear to have learned a few lessons from that, as their start was anything but slow on Thursday night. They scored a jaw-dropping 49 points in the first quarter en route to a 156-73 win over Nigeria. The win was the biggest in USA basketball history.

Carmelo Anthony turned in one of the greatest performances in Olympics basketball history, scoring 37 points in under 15 minutes of time on the floor. He hit an incredible 10 three-point shots and was 13-16 from the floor. Ike Diogu, a former NBA player who could be looking for a way back, helped his cause with 27 points. Unfortunately, Nigeria offered very little in the way of offensive support or team defense.

For more on Team USA Basketball's run in the 2012 London Olympics, stay tuned to this StoryStream. For more on the Olympics, head over to SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub.