RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The U.S. men's basketball team is 3-0 at the Olympics after rallying to beat Australia 98-88 for its 20th straight victory in Olympic competition. Carmelo Anthony scored 14 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter and Kyrie (KY'-ree) Irving added 17 points and five assists.
In his fourth Olympics, Anthony became the most prolific scorer in U.S. men's Olympic basketball history. He passed LeBron James, who skipped a chance to play in his fourth games after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an NBA title this season. James scored 273 points during appearances in Athens, Beijing and London.
"We showed a lot of character tonight," Irving said of the come-from-behind victory.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) agreed, saying: "This is the real world now and that's good for us."
Next up for Team USA is Serbia on Friday with another group game Sunday against France before the medal round begins.