In the most anticipated matchup of the summer during the NBA lockout, the NBA stars who participated in the mid-summer affair did not disappoint.
Kevin Durant led the Goodman League to victory over Oklahoma City teammate James Harden and the Drew League squad in dramatic fashion. Durant’s defense sealed the 135-134 win as he blocked Harden’s shot attempt at the buzzer.
Durant finished with a game-high 44 points and earned MVP honors. Harden and Brandon Jennings of the Milwaukee Bucks led the Drew squad back from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.
This game had a heightened profile because more players are participating in pro-am leagues with the lockout that began July 1.
“The Drew League is one of the top leagues. The Goodman League is one of the top leagues. Lockout or not, it would’ve gotten the same kind of interest,” said Goodman commissioner Miles Rawls.
Goodman point guard John Wall of the Washington Wizards was happy just to be on a court.
“It’s not about money. We love to play basketball,” he said. ” It’s important to give the fans that don’t have the opportunity to come to the Verizon Center and see us play to come out here and watch us.”
In a game full of highlight reels and rim rattling dunks, San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal knew that he was not built for the “showtime” kind of game but he had his moments.
Minutes into his first appearance, Neal buried the kind of off-balance, guarded 3-pointer he hit about 129 times last season. In the fourth quarter, he added a transition three to a Goodman rally (hat tip to Spurs Nation) and finished with six points for the winning team.