Puerto Rico upset heavily favored U.S. men’s basketball team on this day in Olympic history in 2004


Aug. 15, 2004

Led by a 24-point outburst from Carlos Arroyo and double-digit point efforts from Eddie Casiano and Larry Ayuso, Puerto Rico upset the heavily favored United States men’s basketball team 92-73 to open group play in the Athens Olympics.

It marked just third defeat in Olympic play for the United States and the first since pros were allowed to compete in 1992.

Even with a star-studded roster that included Carmelo Anthony, Tim Duncan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade, among others, the United States dropped two more games in the tournament — a 94-90 defeat against Lithuania in group play and an 89-81 loss to Argentina in the semifinals — before settling for the bronze medal.