Matthew Dellavedova

Australians Give U.S. Men's Basketball Team Its First Real Challenge

RIO DE JANEIRO — Throughout its preparation for the Olympics and its first two games in Rio, Team USA pointed to four-time Olympian Carmelo Anthony as the unquestioned leader on a team filled with NBA All-Stars.

It's easy to be a leader when your team is throttling China and Venezuela without much interference.

But when the nervous Americans needed someone to take the reins in their first challenge of the Rio Games, Anthony was happy to oblige.

The Knicks forward saved his team in a 98-88 victory Wednesday over Australia by scoring 31 points, including nine three-pointers. Anthony, who shot 11 of 21 overall, set the U.S. Olympic career scoring record in the...