Irving stars in USA Basketball exhibition

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving had 23 points and seven assists to lead the White team to a 128-106 victory over the Blue on Thursday night in the USA Basketball Showcase at the Thomas and Mack Center.

Irving, an All-Star who was a member of the 2012 USA Basketball Select Team that trained against the U.S. Olympic team, scored 16 in the first half to spark his squad’s come-from-behind win, after the Blue team took an early 10-point lead in the first quarter.

After hitting five 3-pointers in the third period to build an 89-79 lead, the White team distanced itself by outscoring the Blue team by 12 points in the final quarter to provide the final margin.

Anthony Davis, who played on the Americans’ gold medal-winning team in London, had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Blue.

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday had 12 points, five assists and seven rebounds, while Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan added 10 points and nine rebounds for the White team, which was coached by Pelicans coach Monty Williams.

The Blue team, led by Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, got 18 points from Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes.

The scrimmage, which consisted of four 12-minute quarters and was played primarily using FIBA rules, concluded USA Basketball’s four-day minicamp for young players. Twenty-five of the 28 players who attended participated in the game.

The U.S. men’s national team won’t face international competition until the 2014 World Cup of Basketball in Spain. The Americans are automatically qualified after winning gold in last summer’s Olympics.

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