Sunday, July 22, 2012

NBA legends beat Team Taiwan in exhibition

A team of NBA legends of Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant and Jason Williams beat Team Taiwan 104-89 in an exhibition game on Sunday night in the southern port city of Kaohsiung.

The legends trailed 29-23 after the first period but quickly turned the game around, leading 54-41 at the half.

The visiting team was led by Charoy Bentley, who scored a team-high 21 points, and Chris Campbell, who had 17, but all eyes were on the former Chicago Bulls stars and the “White Chocolate” in the game with a playful mood.

Williams had 11 points, three assists and three steals and wowed the spectators with the passing skills that brought him to fame.

Interestingly, the former Sacramento Kings point guard left the game with eight minutes remaining to catch a flight.

Pippen, who was visiting Taiwan for the third time, had seven points and eight rebounds while Rodman had two points and grabbed nine rebounds.

Rodman’s diving save of a ball going out of bounds with two minutes remaining left a little girl sitting on the courtside crying. The former NBA rebounding king then kissed the girl and gave her an autographed basketball.

Rodman, who remained very popular among Taiwanese fans, threw his jersey and sneakers to the fans after the game.

Doug Creighton led Taiwan with 26 points on six three-pointers. He made five consecutive three-pointers at one point and scored 17 in the first half.

Team roster of the NBA players (12): Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Horace Grant, Jason Williams, Mitch Richmond, Vernon Maxwell, Jeff Trepagnier, Devon Hardin, Cliff Robinson, Alexus Foyle, Chris Campbell, Charoy Bentley (I don't think all of them made the trip...)

Team roster of Taiwanese players (10): Chen Hsin-an, Tien Lei, Su Yi-chieh, Ho Shou-cheng, Mao Chia-en, Lu Cheng-ju, Doug Creighton, Tseng Wen-ting, Chen Shih-nian and basketball player-turned-entertainer Chen Chien-chou, aka The Blackman.