Australia run the USA close as Carmelo Anthony becomes his country’s all-time scoring leader at the Olympic Games
USA survived their first serious test of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, overcoming Australia 98-88 in a tense and enthralling basketball game at Carioca Arena 1 on Wednesday.
In a match-up between two undefeated teams, Australia led by five points at half-time and pushed USA all the way, trailing by as few as five points with 1:20 remaining before the gold medal favourites pulled away.
Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 31 points, including nine three-pointers, and became USA’s all-time scoring leader at the Olympic Games. Patty Mills nearly matched him with with 30 points to lead Australia.
“We kind of expected a game like this, a physical game, a grind-out game,” Anthony said. “We knew it would come down to the end, where we would have to bunker down and make plays down the stretch.”
Anthony led a long-range shooting barrage with USA hitting 17 three-pointers to Australia’s seven, a difference that accounted for the final 10-point margin.