We don’t know when there will be an NBA game played again at this rate, but these All-Star barnstorming games have become a nice substitute.
NBA fans in Oklahoma City were treated to highlight fest Sunday as star players such as Kevin Durant, Chris Paul and LeBron James competed in a charity exhibition game. Durant, the hometown favorite, managed a triple-double with 42 points, 26 rebounds and 11 assists to led his team to a 176-171 overtime win.
There was obviously no defense played, but the exhibition was long on excitement as Michael Beasley, Carmelo Anthony, Russell Westbrook along with James and Durant put up thunderous dunks all game. Beasley finished with a game-high 56 points.
"As you see in these games that we're playing, we love to play the game,” Paul told the Associated Press. “We're going to find a way to play -- any way possible. We want to just keep giving our fans the opportunity to see us because if not for the fans, we're not who we are.”
But Sunday’s exhibition was about more than just the fans and breathtaking dunks. It was about the players, who are being paid right now, giving back. Durant presented at $100,000 check to the Single Parent Support Network of Oklahoma City at halftime.
"Guys don't get paid to play in these games," Paul said. "Guys come out here because of how much respect they have for KD and what he does for the community and for kids and giving back."
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