There was a little bit of everything in the NBA’s first game in Africa, including playing time from Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon, but in the end it was Chris Paul and Team World spoiling the party with a 101-97 win over Team Africa in the NBA Africa Game.
The final score hardly mattered on a day focused on bringing basketball to the continent. It could potentially just be the start of more games in Africa, including both preseason and regular season games.
Luol Deng was the captain of Team Africa, which was made up of players born in Africa or with African heritage. Team Africa, coached by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich featured Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nicolas Batum, Bismack Biyombo, Boris Diaw, Gorgui Dieng, Festus Ezeli and Luc Mbah a Moute.
Team World was captained by Chris Paul, who was joined by Bradley Beal, Kenneth Faried, Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Jeff Green, Evan Turner, Nikola Vucevic and Marcus Smart. The team was coached by Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins
Antetokounmpo led all scorers with 22 points, followed by Deng with 20.
Beal paced Team World with 18 points. Paul added 12.