NEW YORK, Sep. 7, 2009 – The NBA Generations team, a squad comprised of NBA Legends and top NBA D-League prospects, defeated the Incheon ETLAND Elephants, 94-82 last night on the back of NBA D-Leaguer Billy Thomas’ 27-point outing. The game was played at the Incheon Samsan Gymnasium in Seoul, Korea, and was the second game for the Generations team as part of the 2009 NBA Asia Challenge.
The Elephants’ led for most of the game, but the NBA Generations team pulled away in the fourth quarter, when Thomas netted 11 of his 27 points, outscoring the home team 29-12 to secure the victory.
“Our guys played as a team today and we defended the 3 point line well,” said the Generations team head coach, Rory White of the NBA D-League’s Dakota Wizards. “The NBA D-League players played really well down the stretch.”
Thomas shot a perfect 12-of-12 from the floor, including 3-of-3 from behind the three-point line, during the game and chipped in with four rebounds. Fellow NBA D-Leaguers Russell Robinson and Lanny Smith contributed with 17 and 15 points, respectively, while Smith added a team-high eight assists in the win. NBA Legend Dominique Wilkins finished the contest with 10 points and five boards.
“We played the game how we knew we could play and just had fun,” Thomas said. “I’m thankful to be in a lineup with my NBA D-League teammates and guys that I watched play.”
The Elephants, who were up by six points at the half and five points going into the fourth quarter, were led by Amal McCaskill’s 17 points and Chris Daniels’ 16-point outing. Kim Sung Chul chipped in with 15 points in the loss.
The NBA Generations return to action on September 11, when the team travels to the Philippines to take on the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) All-Stars in the 15,000-seat Araneta Coliseum in Manila.