by David Cassilo / @dcassilo
Kevin Durant has been lighting up the summer circuit during the NBA lockout and today he is scheduled to join the court just miles from his birthplace when he and some of the league’s finest take part in D.C.’s Clash of Superstars. Said to join Durant will be John Wall, James Harden, Kemba Walker, DeMarcus Cousins, Michael Beasley, Jeff Green, Eric Maynor, Jarrett Jack, Greg Monroe, Corey Brewer and Samardo Samuels.
I’ll be holding it down here for live updates from the game. Tip is scheduled for 3:00 pm Eastern. See you then!
So far we’ve had just a Walker and Cousins sighting. Game probably won’t tip at 3:00 pm, but when it does, I’ll be here.
We’re finally about to tip here. Not a full turnout, but we’re about to get started.
9:45: Kevin Durant feeds John Wall for our first basket.
8:07: The Lakers 58th pick Ater Majok is here and has a quick four points. Our no shows include Harden, Maynor, Jack, Brewer and Samuels.
7:24: Greg Monroe hits a free for the white team’s first point. It’s 11-1 Black.
6:30: Former Hoyas Monroe and Jeff Green have the White Team charging, scoring all their team’s points. They trail 11-5.
4:07: The Black team looks superior here, getting better looks and running the floor well. Durant, Wall and Majok look great as they lead 19-16.
3:10: Jeff Green sinks two free throws to cut the lead to 19-18.
2:40: Beasley shows some serious athleticism with a high-flying dunk and White grabs a 20-19 lead.
1:20: Beasley has six of the last eight points for the White team. They lead 26-23.
0:30: The energy is picking up here as Green and Majok exchange dunks. Majok is a mystery after not playing at UConn, but he looks like he has NBA talent today.
0:00: 30-29 White Team after one quarter. I’m going to head down to take some pics to start the second. So I’ll be back in a few.
4:00: Back here and we’ve got 52-51 White Team. Beasley looks great for the winning squad, showing both a post and mid-range game.
2:52: Wall is still the fastest player in the gym, and after a coast-to-coast layup, his team leads 57-54.
2:45: Marcus Ginyard throws down an alley-oop to cut the lead to one. I’m pretty sure they asked him to play about 10 minutes before the game.
1:12: Beasley, who’s been doing a lot of ball-handling for his team, takes it up the court and hits his second consecutive 3-pointer. 67-66 White.
0:00: Walker misses a jumper at the buzzer, and Black leads 69-68 at the half. Durant, Beasley, Wall and Majok look the best so far in the game.
9:20: Beasley picks up where he left off, hitting a layup to put the White team up 70-69.
7:25: Another 3-pointer for Beasley. He hits this one over Majok, who still has some work to do on the defensive end. 75-74 White.
7:10: Durant responds with a deep, deep 3-pointer. Black leads 77-75.
5:45: Jeff Green has back-to-back dunks, the first on an alley-oop from Walker. It’s 82-81 Black Team.
5:15: Cousins shows some impressive ups, skying high to pick up a block with his team up 84-81. I’m heading down once more to get pictures. See you in the 4th quarter.
0:00: 100-99 Black Team as we get set for the fourth.
9:08: Former South Carolina Gamecock Tre Kelley is having a big second half for the Black Team. He buries a 3-pointer to push the lead to 105-101.
7:20: After blocking a shot a minute before, Wall throws down a two-handed dunk on the fast break to push the lead to 111-105.
7:00: Beasley heads to the bench with an apparent injury. He’s holding the back of his head and appears as though he might have caught an inadvertent elbow.
5:10: The Black Team is pulling away now. Cousins throw down a one-handed dunk to push the lead to 122-114.
4:38: Walker has the most impressive play of the day. He steals it from Cousins, runs coast-to-coast, slips, gets hit and then converts a 3-point play. 122-117 Black Team.
3:15: Beasley is back in the game and buries a 3-pointer to cur the Black lead to 128-124.
2:02: Alley-oop from Kelley to Cousins might have sealed it, putting the Black Team up 132-124.
0:00: Wall puts the cap on it with a windmill dunk and the Black Team wins 144-128.
Most impressive players were Wall and Beasley with Majok showing some flashes.
Thanks for joining me!