Danilo Gallinari Wins MVP as Team World Win NBA Africa Game 2018

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2018

PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - AUGUST 4: Serge Ibaka #9 of Team Africa goes to the basket against Team World during the 2018 NBA Africa Game as part of the Basketball Without Borders Africa on August 4, 2018 at the Time Square Sun Arena in Pretoria, South Africa. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Joe Murphy/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Team World scored a 96-92 victory over Team Africa in the 2018 NBA Africa Game on Saturday at Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria, South Africa.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari led the way for World with 23 points as he connected on nine of his 10 shots from the field en route to MVP honors. Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid shined with 24 points, eight boards and four assists for Africa. Former Sixers teammate Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, who was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder last month, chipped in 16 points.

This year's NBA Africa Game was played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation as part of the 2018 Basketball Without Borders Africa camp festivities.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Luol Deng, who's taken part in all three Africa Game contests, spoke with Stuart Hess of IOL Sport about the event's growth in a short time.

"A lot of people deserve credit for the growth of the Africa Game," Deng said. "Amadou [Gallo Fall] has done a great job, as has the NBA just for putting the game together, and then South Africa deserves a lot of credit for hosting and making people feel comfortable coming here."

He added: "For these kids, when they meet us, see our sense of humor, they realize we are just like them, and they start believing. That's why you see more kids from BWB making it to the NBA."

The sides traded the lead 10 times in the first quarter-and-a-half, which featured the pace and style of an All-Star Game, before Team World started to take control in the second.

Team Africa made a charge in the fourth quarter, trimming its deficit to three at a couple of different points. It could not get over the hump, however, as Team World came up with key stops in the final minutes.

Here's a look at highlights from the entertaining exhibition:


Luol Deng gets ahead and finishes for #TeamAFRICA! #NBAAfricaGame https://t.co/UZNkoTF8d8

NBA Africa @NBA_Africa

Don't get in the way of @sergeibaka! #NBAAfricaGame https://t.co/xchY69Vsyd

Nick Angstadt @NickVanExit

Swin Cash and former WNBA player Clarisse Machanguana check into the #NBAAfricaGame https://t.co/sidvHIaR6h


.@gallinari8888 (12 PTS) & @hbarnes (11 PTS) help give #TeamWORLD the 54-47 lead over #TeamAFRICA at the half! 🏀 #NBAAfricaGame https://t.co/PD2J3UYZmf


Poetry in Motion... @JoelEmbiid gets buckets! #TeamAFRICA #NBAAfricaGame ESPN2 https://t.co/kEiO8tn8Wy

ESPN @espn

Jr. NBA players called out Joel Embiid and then took him to school. The shot earned a $15K donation to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. https://t.co/XGY4HSUpnd

LA Clippers @LAClippers

23 PTS / 9-10 FG / 8 REB 🏆 #NBAAfricaGame MVP https://t.co/Ujlt7Uv5R3

Team World improved to 3-0 in the NBA Africa Game, which debuted in 2015.


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