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John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins were on the winning side of the most highly anticipated summer league game.
The pair were on the Washington, D.C.-based Goodman League side, which also featured Kevin Durant. They went up against the Los Angeles-based Drew League, which featured NBA players such as James Harden.
Wall scored 28 points, including six of the last eight points in the Goodman League’s 135-134 win, with Durant scoring the eventual game-winning points on free throws. (Sports Illustrated has three good photos of Cousins and Wall in this gallery.)
Cousins was referred to by the announcer as Bad Attitude and “was just too strong as he muscled (JaVale) McGee off during a key second-quarter stretch on consecutive possessions for easy dunks. Cousins, whose conditioning was a major question mark entering his rookie season last year, appeared trim and in good shape,” according to the USA Today.
“Everybody thinks it’s all about the money,” Wall told the Associated Press. “It’s not about the money. I just want to play basketball, I love to play basketball.”
According to The Associated Press, the gym was packed with more people than the 1,500 capacity.
Here’s video via BallisLife of the Top 10 plays from the game, which includes a few nifty passes from Wall and a throwdown dunk from Cousins.
Here’s highlights of the game, broken down by player. Cousins’ starts at 0:24. Wall’s starts at 0:52, and you will enjoy his segment quite a lot.
Video of DeMarcus Cousins with back-to-back dunks (and the man behind the camera calling it):
And video of a Durant-to-Wall layup (it happens on the third possession), although it’s not the best quality: