The NBA Africa game took place for the third time in the event’s history this weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa after previous games in 2015 and 2017.
This year, Team Africa had Luol Deng, Al-Farouq Aminu, Bismack Biyombo, Cheick Diallo, Joel Embiid, Evan Fournier, Serge Ibaka, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot, Ian Mahinmi, and Pascal Siakam, and they were coached by Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard.
Team World had Harrison Barnes, John Collins, Danilo Gallinari, Rudy Gay, JaVale McGee, Khris Middleton, Dennis Smith Jr., Hassan Whiteside, and Marvin Williams, and they were coached by Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina.
Team World managed to defeat Team Africa in this year’s game 96-92, meaning they have won the game in each year which it has been played since its inception. This is the joint closest score margin too after 2015’s game finished 101-97 to Team World.
The MVP of the game was Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers, but just because Team Africa lost the game, it doesn’t mean they didn’t show plenty of skill on the court on the night.
Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers demonstrated to the world that just because you’re a big guy doesn’t mean that you don’t have any ball-handling skills.
As you can see in the tweet below, in the third quarter of the game, the All-Star center had possession of the ball from the top of the 3-point D and dribbled it towards the basket for the score. In the process to keep the ball, he dribbled the ball behind his back to keep the ball.
Embiid finished the night with 24 points, eight rebounds, and four assists. This is a continuation of his averages from last season as the center averaged 22.9 points, 11 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game across the 2017-18 campaign.
The Sixers star even found time during his trip to Africa to crack a few jokes about his playoff performances while helping out the community. He made fun of his Game 5 blunder in the Eastern Conference Semifinals vs the Boston Celtics.
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