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USA Basketball vs. Australia 2016 Rio Olympics final score: Carmelo Anthony scores 31 in 98-88 win

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USA Basketball was aided by the play of a former recipient of the Big East Rookie of the Year honor in their Wednesday tilt against Australia.

Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points and helped bring Team USA to victory in a tight matchup against the Aussies. Without the contributions and unconscious shooting from Melo, who was 11-of-21 and 9-of-15 from 3-point land, it is entirely plausible that Team USA may have fallen to Matthew Dellavedova, Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Team Australia. However the New York Knicks superstar would not be denied in the 98-88 win that keeps them unbeaten in the early stages of the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant joined Anthony in double figures, each scoring 19 and 13 points respectively despite a rare off night for Durant from an efficiency standpoint. KD shot merely 4-of-15 from the field but was 2-of-4 from the 3-point line and 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Kyrie meanwhile was fantastic in the final quarter for Team USA and scored a few huge buckets, including a late 3-pointer that helped to put things out of reach for the opposition. Irving and Anthony scored 23 of the 28 4th quarter points for Team USA.

After scoring in bunches off the bench in their win over Venezuela, former Big East and Marquette star Jimmy Butler was held to without a point in the game against Australia. Kyle Lowry, meanwhile, fared better than last time around. The former Villanova Wildcats guard was a little shaky from the field, shooting 2-of-6, but scored seven points and was 3-of-3 from the free throw line. Lowry also dished out four assists and grabbed a steal.