Aug 2, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Russia forward Andre Kirilenko (15) reacts in the preliminary game against Brazil during the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena. Russia defeated Brazil 75-74. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Olympic Basketball: Spain Narrowly Beats Great Britain, Russians Beat Brazil At Buzzer

Day 3 in the Olympic men's basketball tournament finally had some drama.

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Team USA Vs. Nigeria, Olympics 2012: Carmelo Anthony Leads Americans To Record-Breaking 156-73 Win

Team USA put on a record-breaking performance against Nigeria on Thursday night, remaining undefeated in Group A play with a 156-73 win. USA obliterated the all-time single-game Olympic scoring record of 138 points, previously held by the 1988 Brazilian national team. After a sluggish start against Tunisia on Tuesday, America's starters came out from the opening tip and absolutely blitzed the overmatched Nigerian club. Team USA took a 13-0 lead less than three minutes into the game and was quickly on their way to a 49-point quarter that included 11 3-pointers.

It was a shooting display for the ages that included an insane 29 made 3three-pointers -- a record for any Team USA game. As a team, USA hit 71.1 percent from the floor and 63 percent from behind the arc. USA made more 3-pointers than Nigeria made total field goals en route to the 83-point win.

In addition to the array of U.S. and Olympic scoring records that fell, Carmelo Anthony broke Team USA's individual scoring record by dropping 37 points in just 14 minutes of floor time. The previous American single-game record was Stephon Marbury's 31 points; Anthony exceeded that in the third quarter. Anthony hit an amazing 10 of 12 attempts from behind the arc, one shy of the American Olympic team record.

Along with 'Melo, Kobe Bryant led Team USA's offensive explosion in the first half. He had 16 points in the first 20 minutes (of which he only played 11) and was done for the night as coach Mike Krzyzewski rested his top superstars for the second-half blowout. Russell Westbrook picked up the highlight show in the second half and finished with 21 points.

Next up, Team USA faces Lithuania on Saturday in their fourth game in Group A play.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.


Argentina Vs. Tunisia, Olympics 2012: Where Manu Ginobili Is Amazing

Tunisia looked like it might pull off a huge upset on Thursday morning when it matched up with Argentina as pool play continued at the 2012 London Olympics, even leading 28-14 after the first quarter. It wasn't long after that, however, that Manu Ginobili did what very few others are able to do on the international basketball stage en route to a 92-69 victory for the Argentineans.

Ginobili opened the second quarter strong, scoring 12 in the second half as the South Americans went on an impressive 15-0 run to swing the momentum back in their favor. Before it was all over, the amazing Argentinian scored 24 points and grabbed six rebounds ... and he did it every which way possible.

The Argentinean showed no aging as he scored in a variety of ways: sometimes he was set up by fellow NBAer Luis Scola for the spot-up three-pointer, he occasionally kept his defender off balance while creating his owns shot from behind the arc (he'd finish 4-of-4 from deep) and then, on one particularly fun possession, Ginobili used his first quick step, fancy fake-passing abilities and general veteran-savvy to score right through three Tunisian defenders:


Ginobili wasn't the only outstanding Argentinean on Thursday, though, as Scola chipped in a solid double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Carlos Delfino stepped up to score 21 points in the absence of anything from Andres Nocioni (0-for-6 from the field) and Pablo Prigioni (renal colic).

Tunisia's inside-out attack worked well early as Mourad El Mabrouk hit five of his 10 3-point attempts while Utah Jazz Summer League sensation Salah Mejri put in impressive work on his way to 19 points, 14 rebounds and seven blocks, but the team was just too outmatched to keep up with Argentina's NBA players.

Pool play will continue for both teams on Saturday when Tunisia plays France in the day's opening game while Argentina's drawn the nightcap against Nigeria.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.


Yi Jianlian Injury: Chinese Star Helped Off Court After Twisting Knee

China's national team has been at a disadvantage in the 2012 London Olympics ever since Yao Ming retired, but its basketball team took another potential serious blow on Thursday morning. The new face of the team, former NBA lottery pick Yi Jianlian, had to be helped off the court after a late knee injury in his team's loss to Australia.

Details are scare on exactly what happened in the game, but The Associated Press offers the following account:

Yi had to be helped off the floor by teammates and he was still limping badly when the game was over.

Chinese coach Bob Donewald says it's too soon to tell how serious the injury is. Yi will be examined by doctors later in the afternoon.

Hopefully that examination goes OK considering Yi's team will need to win its final two games of pool -- against Brazil Saturday and host team Great Britain on Monday -- to have even a semblance of a chance at advancing into the knockout round.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics hub.

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