LONDON -- Carmelo Anthony has broken the U.S. record for points in an Olympic game, scoring 37 through the middle of the third quarter against Nigeria.

Anthony shattered the record of 31 points set by Stephon Marbury in the 2004 Olympics.

Anthony made 10 of his first 12 3-point shots Thursday night in just 14 1/2 minutes and was just one point shy of the overall U.S. record for points in an international event, the 38 points scored by Kevin Durant in the semifinals of the 2010 world basketball championship.

The U.S. also broke its record for 3-pointers made in game with 14 in the first half.

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  • Kobe Bryant, Tyson Chandler

    USA's Kobe Bryant, left, and Tyson Chandler trap Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant

    USA's Kobe Bryant drives to the basket against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant

    USA's Kobe Bryant looks backwards as he lines up a reverse dunk against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • LeBron James

    USA's Lebron James slams a dunk against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant, Derrick Obasohan

    USA's Kobe Bryant prepares to drive on Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant, LeBron James

    USA's Kobe Bryant (10) keeps pressure on Nigeria's Alade Aminu, left, during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. At right is USA's LeBron James.

  • LeBron James, Derrick Obasohan

    Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan watches as USA's Lebron James leans back and shoots during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kevin Durant

    USA's Kevin Durant slams a dunk against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    USA's Russell Westbrook sets to dunk against Nigeria8 during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • LeBron James

    USA's Lebron James shoots during warm ups prior to facing Nigeria in a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Deron Williams, Anthony Davis,Kevin Love

    USA's Deron Williams, Anthony Davis and Kevin Love share a laugh during a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant, Derrick Obasohan

    USA's Kobe Bryant, left, defends Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan, right, during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • James Harden

    USA's James Harden slams a dunk against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Chris Paul, Tony Skinn, Ike Diogu

    USA's Chris Paul, center, drives to the basket past Nigeria's Tony Skinn, right, and Ike Diogu during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    USA's Russell Westbrook threads to the basket against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook

    USA's Carmelo Anthony, left, and Russell Westbrook wait to enter a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Carmelo Anthony

    USA's Carmelo Anthony laughs after hitting a 3-pointer against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Carmelo Anthony

    USA's Carmelo Anthony laughs after hitting a 3-pointer against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook of United States in action against Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Tyson Chandler

    Tyson Chandler of United States shoots whilst under pressure from Al-Farouq Aminu of Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Carmelo Anthony

    Carmelo Anthony of United States dribbles during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook of United States shoots against Nigeria in the first half during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Kobe Bryant

    Kobe Bryant of United States stands on the court while playing Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Lebron James

    Lebron James of United States shoots against Derrick Obasohan of Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Lebron James

    Lebron James of United States shoots against Tony Skinn #4 and Al-Farouq Aminu of Nigeria in the first half during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Lebron James

    Lebron James of United States shoots against Tony Skinn #4 and Al-Farouq Aminu of Nigeria in the first half during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • Team USA

    US players react during the men's preliminary round basketball match USA vs Nigeria of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 at the basketball arena in London.

  • Deron Williams

    Deron Williams of United States shoots against Tony Skinn #4 of Nigeria during the Men's Basketball Preliminary Round match on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Basketball Arena on August 2, 2012 in London, England.

  • LeBron James

    US forward LeBron James US guard Kobe Bryant and US forward Kevin Durant (L) react during the men's preliminary round basketball match USA vs Nigeria of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 at the basketball arena in London.

  • Team USA

    US players react during the men's preliminary round basketball match USA vs Nigeria of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 2, 2012 at the basketball arena in London.

  • Kevin Love

    USA's Kevin Love raises his arms as he celebrates after a 3-pointer by teammate Carmelo Anthony during a men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Obasohan

    USA's Carmelo Anthony (15) drives to the basket past Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan (13) during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Team USA

    The final tenth of a second ticks off the clock in a 156-73 by the United States over Nigeria, for a record Olympic high scoring game, during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • USA's Andre Iguodala passes the ball during the final ten second of a game against Nigeria during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London. USA won 156-73, setting an many Olympic records. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

  • Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Obasohan

    USA's Carmelo Anthony drives to the basket past Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London. Anthony had 37 points in USA's 156-73 win.

  • Anthony Davis

    USA's Anthony Davis (14) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Anthony Davis

    USA's Anthony Davis (14) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    USA's Russell Westbrook (7) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Anthony Davis

    USA's Anthony Davis (14) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    USA's Russell Westbrook (7) scores as Nigeria's Richard Oruche (11) and Koko Archibong look on during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Carmelo Anthony

    USA's Carmelo Anthony (15) shoot a jumper over Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan (13) during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Russell Westbrook

    Russell Westbrook (7) of the United States shoots against Richard Oruche (11) of Nigeria during their men's basketball preliminary round match at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant

    USA's Kobe Bryant (10) scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Lebron James, Kobe Bryant

    USA's Lebron James, left, and Kobe Bryant, right, share a laugh on the bench during a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • James Harden

    United States' guard James Harden, right, vies for the ball with Nigerian guard Richard Oruche during their men's preliminary round basketball match at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Lebron James

    United States' Lebron James (6) puts up a shot over Nigeria's Derrick Obasohan during a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Mike Kryzewski

    United States basketball coach Mike Mike Kryzewski cheers on his team during a men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul

    USA's Kobe Bryant, left, jokes with teammates Russell Westbrook, center and Chris Paul, right, following a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 3, 2012, in London.

  • Lebron James, Kobe Bryant, Andre Iguodala

    USA's Lebron James, left, and Kobe Bryant, center, share a laugh on the bench during a preliminary men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.USA's Andre Iguodala is at right.

  • LeBron James

    USA's Lebron James congratulates teammates as Nigerian players walk off the court following a 156-73 win in a men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

  • James Harden, Kevin Durant

    United States players James Harden (12) and Kevin Durant celebrate a basket during a men's basketball game against Nigeria at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, in London.