Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dream Team II Wakes Up, Swats Goodwill Gang

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Dream Team II Wakes Up, Swats Goodwill Gang

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For one half at least, Dream Team II should have been glad the scoreboards at Oakland Coliseum Arena weren't working.

Playing the collegians who represented the United States in the Goodwill Games, the National Basketball Association's top pros looked a little ragged in the first half Sunday, one day before they were to leave for Toronto and the World Championships.

In the game's first 14 minutes, Dream Team II put up just 40 points but still beat the Goodwill Games team 113-75.

"I don't think we shot the ball that well and played that well overall," said Kevin Johnson, who had game highs of eight assists and 24 minutes. "But we have so much talent it makes up for a lot of mistakes that we have. Those guys threw us off because they're good one-on-one players, and we never got in sync."

Shaquille O'Neal led the Dream Teamers with 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds in 18 minutes. Tyus Edney of UCLA led the Goodwill Games team with 13 points, and Wisconsin's Michael Finley and Michigan State's Shawn Respert each had 11. …

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