Kevin Durant etched his name in the record books, passing Carmelo Anthony to become Team USA men's all-time leading scorer.
He needed six points heading into tonight's game to break Anthony's record of 336 and midway through the second quarter of their pool game against the Czech Republic, he pulled up for a 3-pointer to move to 339 points all-time.
And new! @KDTrey5 has passed Carmelo Anthony to become the U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team's all-time scoring leader! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/xqSXMfMGrx- USA Basketball (@usabasketball) July 31, 2021
Durant finished with 23 points to go with a team-high eight rebounds and six assists to lead the United States to a crucial win over the Czechs.
Durant is competing in his third Olympic Games after previously winning gold medals at London 2012 and Rio 2016, with his feat even more impressive given Anthony needed four Olympics to reach that number.
Anthony has won three Olympic golds (2008, 2012, 2016) and a bronze in Athens 2004. If Durant wins gold in Tokyo, he will tie Anthony for the most Olympic gold's in USA men's basketball history.
USA men's all-time leading scorers
The 32-year-old entered the 2020 Olympics with a perfect 39-0 record with Team USA, which came to an end after their opening game defeat to France.
Durant has played in 19 Olympic games and scored in double figures in each of them, scoring 20+ points on six occasions. He led Team USA in scoring at both his previous Olympic appearances in 2012 and 2016 and leads Team USA all-time in points per game at 18.9.
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