Seemingly at odds with the Los Angeles Lakers over his function and enjoying time, Luol Deng acquired to take the courtroom Saturday for his first significant sport since beginning Opening Night time of this previous season.
Together with normal supervisor Rob Pelinka and new teammate JaVale McGee, Deng was a part of the contingent that represented the Lakers within the NBA Africa Recreation, a particular occasion that raised cash for charity.
This yr marked a 3rd installment of the NBA Africa sport, with proceeds earmarked to assist the Nelson Mandela Basis, The Boys and Ladies Membership of South Africa, SOS Youngsters’s Villages South Africa and UNICEF.
Although they represented the identical group, Deng and McGee began reverse each other, enjoying for Crew Africa and Crew World, respectively.
McGee did the majority of his scoring within the second quarter, which noticed the World Crew pull forward by double digits. He linked on a pair of free throws, had a slam dunk on a quick break, and capped off his seven factors within the quarter by pulling down a 3-pointer.
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Deng confirmed flashes of his former self, leaping the lane to intercept a go from McGee after which ending in transition on his teammate. Deng later threw down a slam dunk with McGee the one defender again on the play.
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Deng made a layup to trim the World’s result in 4 factors with just below 5 minutes remaining. However McGee was instrumental in stopping a 6-Zero run by retaining a possession alive for a 3-pointer adopted by a slam dunk that put Africa in a 90-83 deficit.
Crew World held on for a 96-92 victory.
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