Carmelo Anthony's five best Olympics performances

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Carmelo Anthony is a mainstay of the United States men's basketball team at the Olympics.

From suffering heartbreak and embarrassment as a youngster in 2004, helping the 'Redeem Team' reach the top in 2008 or going back-to-back four years later, Melo has seen it all.

As he heads towards Brazil for his fourth games and as the unlikely face of the team, we take a look at four of his best Olympic performances with 'USA' on his chest.

2008 vs. Argentina

After advancing through the group stage without dropping a game, the Redeem Team were edging closer to making good on their promise to reclaim some pride in USA basketball and win another gold medal.

Four years after their lowest point, the States had the chance to go full circle and play the nation that beat them in the semi-finals in Athens; Argentina.

This time around it was a different outcome. Melo led the team in scoring with 21 points in the 101-81 demolition. He also had four rebounds, one block and a steal.

2012 vs. Nigeria

Having claimed gold in Beijing, London was a chance for Melo and the States to go back-to-back. Having won their first two games against France and Tunisia, they blitzed Nigeria in their record-breaking 156-73 victory.

Melo was automatic all game as he shot 10-13 from behind the arc to break the single-game scoring record in an Olympic basketball match.

It was a mismatch of crazy proportions as he shot 3-4 from inside the three-point line and was 33 percent from the charity stripe. He also had four rebounds, one assist and a steal.

2012 vs. Lithuania

After their huge wins in games two and three, game four saw the nerves come back for the United States and the press were quick to jump to conclusions that it could be another disappointing Olympic campaign for them.

The States' shooting was off as they faced a team that beat them in the group stages of that disastrous 2004 competition. Carmelo and LeBron James led with 20 a piece. Lithuania was inspired by then-Toronto Raptors man Linas Kleiza as he scored 25.

The Stars and Stripes saw it through with a narrow five-point win as Melo shot 7-13 from the field and 100 percent from the free throw line.

2012 vs. Argentina

Another semi-final, another game against Argentina. After making their way through the group stage with a clean 5-0 record and seeing off their quarter-finals opponents, they destroyed the Argentines once again with a 109-83 win before beating Spain in the final.

Melo was his sharpshooting best once again as he went 50 percent from the field, including going 4-8 from three-point territory. He, LeBron and Kevin Durant were the star men - KD dropped 19 - and ensured they took a step closer to another gold medal.

His three assists and six rebounds were the sign of a man who was determined to make sure it was his year.

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