One is a Philly native, while the other is merely a transplant. For the native, the venue is old-hat by now. Key games of his high school and college careers played out on the storied hardwood. For the transplant, Sunday night served as a debut.
North Philly's Kyle Lowry and Sixers guard Lou Williams combined to form a versatile backcourt for Team Philly as they knocked off Team Melo, 131-122, in the "Battle for I-95" at the Palestra.
Typically, defense fails to get invited to these types of parties. But on Sunday, Williams showed glimpses of his defensive prowess.
In the fourth, 6-foot-8 LeBron James caught a pass near the low post only to find Williams tightly guarding his back. With a nearly seven-inch advantage, James signaled for the isolation and began backing down Williams toward the block. As James launched for the layup, Williams leaped even higher and rejected the offering.