Carmelo Anthony becomes all-time leading US Olympic scorer

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Carmelo Anthony is really cementing his spot as the best player to ever represent the United States of America. 

Competing in his fourth Olympic tournament, the New York Knicks forward is gunning for a third straight gold medal following the disappointment of finishing third when he was just 20 years of age.

As the veteran within a young team, Melo has assumed the role of leader and grasped it with both hands to pull the team through a sticky situation against Australia on Wednesday night. 

Having overcome China and Venezuela without breaking a sweat, the US were made to work until the very end as they were pushed all the way by the Boomers. The 98-88 scoreline does not do justice to the close nature of play.

Shooting 11-21 from the field for his 31 points, the 32-year-old cemented himself as the leading Olympic scorer in United States basketball history - passing David Robinson and LeBron James before the end of the first quarter.

Finishing the opening ten minutes with 14 points, he took his total tally to 276 points before ending the game on 293 as he led all scorers with 31 points in Rio. 

With two group games still to go ahead of the knockout rounds, Melo has a chance to extend his lead at the top and really leave himself above the rest.

Following years of disappointment in the NBA, international basketball has offered the nine-time All-Star a chance to experience some success. This is likely to be his last Olympics and it would be fitting for him to go out with another gold at the forefront of US basketball history.

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