RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team surged after a slow start, beating Venezuela 113-69 on Monday night as Carmelo Anthony passed Michael Jordan for third place on the Americans’ career Olympic scoring list.
The game was tied at 18 after one quarter but the Americans soon took control and powered their way to a second straight win to start the tournament.READ MORE: New State-Of-The-Art $241 Million High School On The Ballot For Hoboken Voters
Paul George scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 17 for the Americans. Anthony finished with 14, passing Jordan’s total of 256 points late in the first half. Anthony now has 262 points and the four-time Olympian trails only LeBron James (273) and David Robinson (270).READ MORE: 11-Year-Old New Jersey Girl Sews Custom Hospital Gowns For Pediatric Cancer Patients
The Americans play again Wednesday against Australia, which also is 2-0.MORE NEWS: NYPD Officer Wilbert Mora Dies After Being Shot In Line Of Duty In Harlem: 'True Heroes Never Die'
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