HUNTING FOR KICKS X NBA AFRICA GAME 2017

HUNTING FOR KICKS X NBA AFRICA GAME 2017

Team World scored a 108-97 victory over Team Africa in the 2017 NBA Africa Game at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Andre Drummond led the charge for the winning side with 14 points and 13 rebounds. DeMarcus Cousins also put up a double-double with 11 points and 10 boards, while Jaylen Brown (15 points), Kristaps Porzingis (14), Courtney Lee (13), Kyle Lowry (13) and Kemba Walker (10) all reached double figures in scoring.

Victor Oladipo shined for the African team with 28 points and nine rebounds, earning him MVP honors for the game. Emmanuel Mudiay nearly posted a triple-double as he tallied 22 points, nine assists and eight boards.

It’s the second straight win for Team World, which won the inaugural NBA Africa Game 101-97 in 2015.

Players from both sides spent the week leading up to the exhibition game working with Basketball Without Borders, a community outreach program aimed toward helping grow the sport internationally while encouraging “positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.”

Shaun Powell of NBA.com passed along comments from NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo, a Congo native, who discussed the impact of the league’s efforts.

“When I see the turnout and the level of interest, it brings tears to my eyes. I thank the commissioner for bringing the NBA here. I think the next step is to see how many more basketball academies will open. Here in Africa, 65 percent of the population is under age of 16. We cannot allow them to not learn how to play the game of basketball. A lot would love to try the game. They want to be part of it. They think, ‘maybe someone will discover me.'”

Visuals by TeeManTelevision

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