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03.08.2012 Africa

US NBA stars set one-game scoring record

By AFP
US forward LeBron James (C), US guard Kobe Bryant (R), and US forward Kevin Durant (L).  By Timothy A. Clary (AFP/Pool)
LISTEN AUG 3, 2012
US forward LeBron James (C), US guard Kobe Bryant (R), and US forward Kevin Durant (L). By Timothy A. Clary (AFP/Pool)

LONDON (AFP) - The United States team of NBA stars set a record for most points in a single Olympic men's basketball game by defeating Nigeria 156-73 on Thursday in a preliminary round game.

The old Olympic record for points by a team in a game was set by Brazil in 1988 at Seoul in a 138-85 preliminary round triumph over Egypt. Brazilians also had the prior mark from a 137-64 victory over India in 1980 at Moscow.

Andre Iguodala sank the record-breaking 3-pointer with 4:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to give the US squad 139 points.

The Americans also eclipsed their own Olympic team record for points in a game, set in a 133-70 victory over China in 1996 at Atlanta.

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