U.S. Men’s Basketball dominates Venezuela

Photo Courtesy: Alexandra Walt
Carmelo Anthony is now the third all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball and poised to take the top spot. Photo Courtesy: Alexandra Walt

By Alex Al-Kazzaz

What started off as a competitive game between the U.S.A. and Venezuela ended up being a 113-69 victory for Team USA. This was the first time the two sides have met in an Olympic match. The Venezuelan basketball team is competing in the tournament for the first time since the 1992 games.

In the first quarter alone, the U.S. committed seven turnovers, allowing Venezuela to score nine points off those turnovers. The first quarter ended with both sides tied at 18 with Venezuela showing that they came to challenge the U.S team. But in the second quarter, the U.S. outscored Venezuela 30-8 and then went on to win the game 113-69, improving their winning streak to 19 in Olympic competition and 70 in international play. They also improved to 82-1 under coach Mike Krzyzewski, including 18-0 in Olympic competition under Krzyzewski.

Kevin Durant scored 16 points, Carmelo Anthony 14, Jimmy Butler 17, and Paul George 20. Anthony became the third all-time leading scorer in the history of U.S. Men’s Olympic basketball, passing Michael Jordan. He’s just 12 points away from setting the all-time record. Anthony now holds the record for most games played for the U.S. Men’s basketball team with 25, passing Lebron James and David Robinson.

The U.S. benched scored 70 points and the defense forced 22 turnovers, registered six steals, and 28 rebounds.

Tonight, they square off against Australia. Australia is 2-0 and they’re coming off a hard-fought victory against Serbia. Australia has defeated two of the best European teams. Australia is a tough team and will be a serious challenge for Kevin Durant & Co.

The U.S. will look to keep their winning streak and momentum alive.