The U.S. women’s basketball team won, as usual. It just wasn’t in the dominant fashion that the Americans are accustomed to at the Olympic Games.

The winning streak for the world’s top-ranked team is now 50 games and counting in Olympic competition. A’ja Wilson scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in her debut at the Games as the Americans beat Nigeria 81-72 on Tuesday in the opener for both teams.

It was the first time that a team had come within single digits of the U.S. since a four-point win over Russia in the semifinals of the 2004 Athens Games.

With a roster full of former U.S. college players, Nigeria jumped out to an 8-1 lead as the U.S. missed its first four shots and committed four turnovers. The Nigerians were up 20-17 after one quarter and extended the lead to 25-20 before the U.S. took over.

The Americans scored 23 straight points, the first four by Wilson — one of six newcomers on the U.S. roster.

“It felt good to get in the flow of things out there,” Wilson said. “I was definitely nervous, but then had that moment when I was like, ‘I’m supposed to be here.'”

Breanna Stewart scored seven points during the game-changing burst. The U.S. led 44-32 at the half as Nigeria regrouped to score seven of the final eight points of the second quarter.

The U.S. extended the lead to 70-50 at the end of the third quarter on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Jewell Loyd. The Americans led 75-55 before Nigeria scored 12 straight points to cut it to eight with 3:19 left.

That’s as close as they would get,