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: