San Antonio Spurs power forward Boris Diaw scored four points while representing the club at the NBA Africa Game 2015, an exhibition matchup played in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday morning.
Team World used a 26-1 run in the fourth quarter to grab its first lead of the contest and ultimately sealed a 101-97 triumph over Diaw and Team Africa.
He added five rebounds, four assists and two steals for the squad, which Spurs coach Gregg Popovich led along with former assistant Mike Budenholzer and former player Monty Williams.
Diaw connected on 1-of-4 shots from the field and buried both free-throw attempts. Plus, he even replaced Popovich as the coach for a brief moment.
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Team Africa was composed of African-born and second-generation players, the latter of which describes Diaw. His father “hails from Senegal,” per Sports Illustrated.
Diaw is entering the second season of his four-year, $28 million contract. For the third straight campaign, Diaw will have a new partner in the frontcourt. David West signed a deal to join San Antonio after Aron Baynes headed to the Detroit Pistons.
The Spurs need a resurgent year from Diaw in 2015-16, since the roster is built to contend for the franchise’s second championship in three seasons and sixth overall. He averaged 8.7 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game last season.