MANILA, Philippines -- Former stars of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) delighted Filipino basketball fans at the SM Mall of Asia Arena when they clashed in a friendly exhibition game Wednesday night.
The USA All-Stars defeated the Philippine All-Stars, 112-93, in an entertaining game that provided numerous light-hearted moments for the sizable MOA Arena crowd.
Former Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat point guard Jason Williams steered the Americans to victory with 26 points, scoring three-pointers at will and delivering several fancy passes.
But it was six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen who drew the loudest cheers when he scored on a two-handed dunk late in the second quarter, and again when he converted Williams' off-the-backboard pass for another jam in the final period.
Not to be outdone, the Filipino players also showed off their moves, with Marlou Aquino, Kenneth Duremdes, Nelson Asaytono and Noli Locsin providing highlight plays of their own.
The contest was stopped with 16 seconds to go as Pippen and Chicago Bulls teammate Dennis Rodman addressed the crowd.
Pippen thanked the Filipino fans for their support, and Rodman got a standing ovation when he acknowledged his father, Philander, who came from Angeles City to watch his son play for the first time since 2006.