As reported by The Washington Times, the Goodman League vs. Melo League held at Morgan State University in Baltimore on Tuesday was a success.
Melo League vs. Goodman League highlights
In a battle that would rival any NBA finals contest, the highlight of the evening was a hard-fought, one-on-one battle between Kevin Durant and LeBron James, each delivering a show-stopping offensive performance while being guarded by the other.
“He’s such a great player. I have so much respect for him. He’s one of the greatest players to ever play this game. He’s a great defender and a great scorer. It was fun,” Durant said of going head-to-head with James for much of the game.
Durant won the scoring contest with 59 points, while James scored 32, but the final score was almost an afterthought. The Melo League, up by as much as 20 points, held on for the win, 149-141.
The Goodman League team had Durant, Jarrett Jack, Jeff Green, former Spur Roger Mason Jr. and Trevor Booker among the NBA players, while the Melo League had a little more star power, with James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and San Antonio Spurs and Baltimore native Gary Neal, who scored 17 points in the victory as the headliners.
“They have a couple of nine millimeters, but we have a bazooka,” Goodman League Commissioner Miles Rawls said before the game.
“When you have players like this on the same court, when you add KD and LeBron and Carmelo and CP-3, it really steps up the summer league games. I’m proud to be a part of this,” Rawls said.