LAS VEGAS -- Talk about a excess of riches.
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.
And these are just the young guys.
The Blue squad included former Weber State standout Damian Lillard, the current NBA Rookie of the Year, as well as young Jazzmen Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors.
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.
Lillard finished with nine points, seven coming in the first quarter of action. Hayward finished with seven points and three rebounds.
Favors ended up with five points, three rebounds and four fouls in the first half. His back stiffened at halftime, and the Jazz bigman didn't see any more action.
All three spoke highly of their week-long experience.
Earlier, Kevin Durant shied away from swarming media after Wednesday's Team USA practice.
There is one thing he won't be able to escape.
"Kevin Durant is the face of USA basketball going forward," said Jerry Colangelo, managing director for the national team. "He loves to compete, he has a passion for the game, he's won a lot of gold medals, he's just going to win more -- we hope."
Oklahoma City forward Durant and Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love announced Wednesday they've committed to Team USA for next summer's 2014 World Cup in Spain. Durant said he made the commitment to Krzyzewski late Tuesday night, while Love officially made his announcement during the news conference.
"It's an opportunity to represent my country ... and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to playing against the best in the world and playing with the best in the world," said Durant, who set a record for most points scored in an Olympic basketball tournament with 156 at London.
The two NBA stars made the announcement in an impromptu news conference after Wednesday's practice, alongside Colangelo and head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Colangelo and Love both mentioned Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and Houston shooting guard James Harden as potential targets for the 2014 team, while Love added Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose's name to the mix.
"Hopefully this will have a snowball effect to where other guys will then commit from previous years, guys who have experience with FIBA basketball," Love said.
"This is definitely an audition," Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said of th mini-camp. "Everybody is taking it seriously, it's really competitive and it's intense. That's the thing I love about it. You're learning from Hall of Fame coaches, there's everybody here who's everybody. The young talent in the league here is great, and it's going to help us improve for next year."
"I think they'll be fresh, excited and it'll be an exciting game," Krzyzewski said. "We're not making any announcement right after this ... so we get a chance to watch these guys during at least half of the NBA season. I'm sure somewhere in January, or somewhere along the line, a pool will be announced.
Paul George won't turn 24 until next May, but his experiences make him feel like a veteran on the 28-player roster that reported to Vegas this week. Anthony Davis is the only Olympian who is at the camp, so George is trying to take a leadership role and pass on some of the lessons he learned last summer to new faces like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes.
But as far as he's concerned, he hasn't "arrived" yet at all.
"It's the same feeling this year," George said. "It's about establishing yourself again. There's so much talent here. It's starting from scratch again."