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Men’s basketball: Carmelo Anthony saves USA as Australia fall just short

  • Anthony scores 31 points and becomes all-time US Olympic scorer
  • Patty Mills has 30 points for Australia, who pushed USA all the way

They put a scare into the US basketball team that no one imagined was possible. For most of the game, Australia taunted the best collection of NBA players in the world, throwing up jumpers, shaking the rim with dunks and sending a message that America might not be as mighty as they thought they were.

In the end, the flying jump shots of Patty Mills and David Anderson would fall heartbreakingly short. David would not slay Goliath. The Australians who had tormented the US for more than three quarters had no answer to the 31 points of Carmelo Anthony and 19 from Kyrie Irving. They would not conjure the dark memories of the US’s 2004 Athens failures. They fought to the end and lost 98-88.

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