The Australia vs. USA basketball game in the Rio Olympics just culminated with a final score of 98-88 in favor of the Americans. The Australian team came in the game as the 29-point underdogs but had put up a great fight. The Australian Boomers led the scoreboards 54-49 after the first half. They really tested the Americans, who had not lost in 12 years. Team USA is on a 20-game, 12-year winning streak.
Team USA had not trailed in the scoreboards after the 1st half since 12 years ago in the 2004 Olympics. It was also in that Olympics that they only managed to bag a bronze medal. For Australian supporters, this was a very encouraging sign. But as the game went on, two American superstars put it on to take the win. Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving kept the USA?s clean sweep alive–both scoring more than half of the US score.
As pointed out by The Guardian, Australia played a pretty good game and they would have won it if Anthony was not ?hot.? The Australian team had a field goal percentage of 50 percent. This is significantly higher that the United State?s 39 percent. The US had won it via its three-point shooting at 44 percent after making 17 of 39. Anthony made an impressive 9 out of 15, finishing the game with a game-high 31 points. With this performance, he passed the records of both David Robinson and LeBron James to become Team USA?s leading scorer.
— USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 11, 2016
Patty Mills was stellar on the other side of the court. He beat his own record for the most points an Australian has scored against the USA Team. On the Australia vs. USA basketball game night, he scored 30 points. This beats his previous records in the past two Olympics. He scored 26 against the Americans at the London Olympics 2012 and 20 at Beijing in 2008.
Australia will now take on China on Friday while Team USA will play against Serbia. Stay tuned for more Rio Olympics 2016 updates.