After pounding China by a combined 99 points in two exhibition games in July, the USA won 119-62 on Saturday in the Olympic opener for both teams. Too much offense, too much defense and too much talent propelled the USA to its 46th consecutive victory in international competition and its 18th consecutive Olympic victory. Forwards Kevin Durant and Carmelo Anthony — the only two holdovers from the 2012 London Olympics gold-medal team — led the way.
Durant had 25 points and six assists, and at that rate, Durant could surpass his American scoring record of 156 points in one Olympics. The leader of this team, Anthony, who is going for his third gold medal, is one of the all-time great Olympic players, and his command of international game was on display. Anthony, who is likely to finish this event as the USA’s all-time leading Olympic scorer, had nine points and seven rebounds. He has (239) points in his Olympic career and trails Michael Jordan (256), David Robinson (270) and LeBron James (273) on the all-time list.