LONDON — The U.S. men’s basketball team had scored 100 points by the middle of the third quarter. It was that kind of night for the Americans.
They broke a few records, shattered others. They hardly missed.
Carmelo Anthony scored 37 points, making 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 U.S. 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.
Kayla Harrison tried to keep it together. Once the national anthem started, so did the tears.
Harrison defeated Britain’s Gemma Gibbons to win the United States’ first judo gold medal in Olympic history, taking the 78-kilogram title.
The 22-year-old Middletown, Ohio, native who lives in suburban Boston went to the medal podium determined not to cry. After one note of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” she succumbed.
Serena Williams, a reigning Wimbledon champion who is seeking her first Olympic singles medal, advanced by beating former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark 6-0, 6-3. Williams’ opponent in the semifinals today will be top-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.
Russians Maria Sharapova and Maria Kirilenko will meet in the other women’s semi.
Captain Clay Stanley scored 19 points and the U.S. men’s team defeated Brazil 3-1 in a preliminary-round rematch of the Beijing final.
All four American teams — two in the men’s tournament and two in the women’s — finished the round-robin atop their pools, with defending gold medalists Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser beating the Czech Republic in the finale.
U.S. boxers are dropping out of the Olympic tournament at a rapid rate.
Only welterweight Errol Spence and flyweight Rau’shee Warren — who hasn’t fought yet — are still alive.
The United States defended its title in the women’s eight, maintaining its six-year dominance of the high-profile event.