Sometimes, it seems like yesterday when Carmelo Anthony was a highly-touted rookie out of Syracuse, debuting in the same rookie class that gave us LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Since then, he’s become the first American male in Basketball to play in four Olympics, having been part of the U.S. national team in 2004, 2008, 2012, and now, in 2016.

And now, he’s also the leading career scorer in USA Basketball history, having edged out James for the record in the first quarter of Team USA’s game against Australia on Wednesday.

Melo’s record serves as highlight of the USA vs. Australia

All in all, it was a close game for Team USA, as the Americans ended up victorious over Australia, winning by the score of 98-88. But all eyes were on Anthony, 32, who entered the game with 262 career points. That put him third behind James (273 points) and David Robinson (270), both of whom have taken part in three Olympics.

And he wasted no time overtaking “The Admiral” for second place, hitting three 3-point shots within the first two minutes of the game.

Anthony would hit a two-pointer in the middle of the first quarter to tie James for a second, then hit the fourth three-pointer with 1:11 to go in the opening period, reaching 276 career points and bagging the record.

Anthony finished the game with a total of 31 points and eight rebounds, sinking nine of his 15 attempts from beyond the arc. He now has a total of 293 points for his Olympic career. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant also scored in double figures, tallying 19 and 14 points respectively for Team USA. Australia was led by San Antonio Spurs guard Patty Mills, who finished with 30 points.

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Record could theoretically be broken in 2020 Olympics if LeBron plays

Had LeBron James been part of Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics, Anthony would have had some fierce competition for the career scoring record, or might not have even had a chance to break it.

But since 2016 may mark his last go-around in the Olympics, there’s a chance James may become the highest-scoring American in the history of the Games.

At 31, he shows no signs of slowing down, and should he choose to take part in the 2020 Olympics at the age of 35, “King James” may have a solid chance of breaking the record by then.

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