Two Olympic marks, several U.S. records fell.
Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, dropping 10 of 12 3-pointers, and the Americans rewrote the Olympic record book with a scintillating shooting performance and 156-73 win Thursday night, an epic blowout that seemed to send a message to the rest of the men’s tournament field.
Anthony set the American Olympic mark for points in a game – in less than three quarters. The U.S. also set the Olympic record for points in a game and points in a half (78). The Americans bettered the U.S. records as well for 3-pointers (26), field goals (59) and field-goal percentage (71).
Incredibly, they eclipsed the 100-point mark with 5 minutes left in the third.
And when Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer with 4:37 left, the Americans had surpassed the previous Olympic record of 138 points set by Brazil against Egypt in 1988. When the record was announced to the mesmerized crowd, all the players seated on the U.S. bench got up and slapped hands with coach Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching staff.
Kobe Bryant scored 16 points – 14 in the first quarter – for the Americans, who scored 49 points in the first and didn’t let up after scoring 78 in the first 20 minutes.
Russell Westbrook had 21 and Kevin Durant 14 for the U.S.
JUDO: Kayla Harrison defeated Britain’s Gemma Gibbons to win the first U.S. judo gold medal in Olympic history, taking the 78-kilogram title.
“I’m just so honored to be America’s first gold medalist, and so happy to realize my dream,” she said.
EQUESTRIAN: Ann Romney was on hand to watch her horse in dressage and was thrilled by Rafalca’s performance.
Romney and Rafalca’s other two owners gave horse and rider Jan Ebeling a rousing standing ovation as they left the arena. Their score of 70.243 percent put them in 13th place.
ROWING: The United States defended its title in the women’s eight, maintaining its six-year dominance of the high-profile event. The Americans won in a time of 6 minutes, 10.59 seconds.
VOLLEYBALL: Captain Clay Stanley scored 19 points and the U.S. men’s team defeated Brazil 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-17 in the preliminary round.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL: All four American teams – two in the men’s tournament and two in the women’s – finished the beach volleyball round-robin atop their pools, with defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beating the Czech Republic in the finale of the opening round.
BOXING: U.S. boxers are dropping out of the Olympic tournament at a rapid rate. The American skid reached seven consecutive bouts with narrow defeats for lightweight Jose Ramirez and middleweight Terrell Gausha.
WATER POLO: Tony Azevedo scored four goals and the U.S. men’s team beat Britain 13-7 to remain undefeated.
SAILING: British star Ben Ainslie finally stuck his stern in front of Denmark's Jonas Hoegh-Christensen to boost his bid for sailing history.
Ainslie got his first victory at the London Olympics in Race 7 in the Finn class in strong winds and big seas on the English Channel. He followed it up by passing Hoegh-Christensen just before the finish in Race 8 to take third.
Ainslie sliced Hoegh-Christensen's lead from 10 points to three with two races to go before the medals race.
Defending Star gold medalists Iain Percy and Andrew Simpson went 1-2 to strengthen their lead over Brazil's Robert Scheidt and Bruno Prada, who went 3-5. The British lead with 13 points while the Brazilians have 22.
Britain's 49er crew of Stephen Morrison and Ben Rhodes won both races to jump into silver medal position.
CANOE: Britain took the top two spots in canoe slalom, upsetting the three-time defending champions from Slovakia.
Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott won the gold, followed by teammates David Florence and Richard Hounslow.
Slovakian twins Pavol and Peter Hochschorner settled for bronze. It was a stunning defeat for the Hochschorners, who have also won the last three world championships and are ranked No. 1.
Emilie Fer of France was the surprise winner in women's kayak slalom. Australia's Jessica Fox took the silver, and the bronze went to Spain's Maialen Chourraut.
HANDBALL: Ivan Cupic scored seven goals and Croatia beat Hungary 26-19 to reach the quarterfinals.
Croatia leads Group B with the maximum six points, two clear of Spain and Denmark, which was scheduled to play Serbia later Thursday.
Daniel Narcisse had seven goals to help France qualify for the knockout stage by defeating Tunisia 25-9, and Argentina beat host Britain 32-21 for its first win of the tournament.
Spain also won, edging South Korea 33-29.