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London Olympics 2012: Team USA Sets Scoring Record vs. Nigeria, James Harden Faces Ike Diogu & Nearly Breaks His Ankles

James Harden and Team USA had no problems on Thursday (Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE
James Harden and Team USA had no problems on Thursday (Bob Donnan-US PRESSWIRE

Another day, another dominating--and record setting--win for Team USA basketball.

Continuing group play, the Americans faced off on Thursday again Nigeria and emerged with a 156-73 win. The 156 points are the most an American team has ever scored in Olympic competition.

While the game result was never in question for a moment, it was a chance for Arizona State fans to see it's two biggest stars of the last generation square off, with James Harden and Ike Diogu.

Diogu, hoping to impress NBA scouts, was terrific for Nigeria. He scored 27 and added seven rebounds, but was the only player on the Nigerian team to make any kind of impact. His team fell behind 49-25 after the first quarter, as the American attack was firing on all cylinders.

The other former Sun Devil had a quiet game. Harden scored just seven points and dished out four assists, but is lucky he didn't break his ankles on this play.

The Americans were led by Carmelo Anthony, who set a Team USA single-game scoring record with 37 in only 14 minutes of action, to go along with his single assist. Russell Westbrook added 21 and Kobe Bryant had 16 points and three boards.

Team USA's next opponent/sacrifice will be Lithuania on Saturday.