By Associated Press | Aug. 08, 2016, 8:18 p.m. (ET)
Carmelo Anthony reacts after a shot against Venezuela in the men's preliminary round group A game 19 on day three of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Carioca Arena 1 on Aug. 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

The U.S. Olympic men's basketball team surged after a slow start, beating Venezuela 113-69 on Monday night as Carmelo Anthony passed Michael Jordan for third place on the Americans' career scoring list.

The game was tied at 18 after one quarter but the Americans soon took control and powered their way to a second straight win to start the tournament.

Paul George scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 17 for the Americans. Anthony finished with 14, passing Jordan's total of 256 points late in the first half. Anthony now has 262 points and the four-time Olympian trails only LeBron James (273) and David Robinson (270).

The Americans play again Wednesday against Australia, which also is 2-0.

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