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Sights and sounds from Philly-Melo showcase

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LeBron James poured in 43 points and 23 rebounds in Team Melo's loss to Team Philly on Sunday. (Brad Bower/Reuters)

By Nicki Jhabvala, SI.com

PHILADELPHIA — NBA basketball returned for a night … at the famed Palestra.

With the league locked out and 43 preseason games already cut from the schedule, some of the game’s biggest names held their own offseason competition in a Philadelphia charity game dubbed the “Battle For I-95” on Sunday. Organized by Phoenix Sun and Philly native Hakim Warrick, the home team took on Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and the rest of the Melo All-Stars in front of a sold-out crowd on the University of Pennsylvania’s campus.

And the NBA’s stars shined bright.

The Philly crew tore up Team Melo’s defense, throwing up alley-oop after alley-oop to take a 66-58 lead at the half and overcoming LeBron James’ monstrous second half (LeBron in the fourth quarter — you read that right) to claim a 131-122 victory.

In case you missed the live stream on SI.com, here are some highlights from the Philly-Melo showcase:

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  • Published On 10:58pm, Sep 25, 2011
  • Paul, LeBron, Melo, Wade headed to NC next

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    Chris Paul has recruited his All-Star friends for a charity game in his hometown of Winston Salem. (Getty Images)

    By Nicki Jhabvala, SI.com

    Carmelo Anthony’s crew of All-Stars seems to be holding its own summer league: a traveling series.

    Last month, the star-studded group with Anthony, LeBron James and Chris Paul faced Kevin Durant’s Goodman All-Stars in Baltimore, where they put on quite a show for the thousands in attendance at Morgan State University. Come Sunday evening, Carmelo’s friends will take on Lou Williams and the rest of Team Philadelphia in a showdown at the Palestra, which will be streamed live online at SI.com.

    And now, according to Yahoo! Sports’ Marc Spears, Team Melo is headed to North Carolina, where — along with Durant and Dwyane Wade – they’ll play in Paul’s All-Star Charity Game on Oct. 1 at Winston Salem State University.

    After that, the only hometown the traveling All-Stars will have left to visit is Akron, Ohio. Think that’ll ever happen?


  • Published On 12:34pm, Sep 21, 2011
  • LeBron, Melo, Paul to take on Team Philly

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    Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul and LeBron James will take on Team Philly at the Palestra. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

    By Nicki Jhabvala, SI.com

    Team Melo was no one-shot deal.

    Nearly a month after entertaining thousands in Baltimore, the star-studded group of Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Chris Paul and Kevin Durant will return for another lockout showcase, this time against Team Philly at the Palestra on Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. ET.

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  • Published On 11:15am, Sep 13, 2011
  • VIDEO: LeBron, Team Melo battle Goodman

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    By Nicki Jhabvala, SI.com

    In case you missed it, LeBron dropped 36 — including a bunch of nasty dunks — as he and the Melo All-Stars topped the Goodman League, 149-141, in a Baltimore exhibition Tuesday night.

    Durant, who has become the face of pro-am and streetball leagues this summer, poured in a whopping 59 points, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Team Melo’s Big Three.

    Here’s a brief look at what the 4,500 fans at Morgan State University got to witness:


  • Published On 12:15pm, Aug 31, 2011


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