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DeMar DeRozan, professional basketball player, defeated by young hoopster in game of Knockout

The adorable game, played recently at the Mamba Sports Academy, shows that height is no advantage against a young athlete with a dream.
Credit: (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Guard DeMar DeRozan scored 31 points on 11-of-19 shooting in the Spurs' 114-105 loss to the Nuggets in Game 2 of their first-round playoff series Tuesday night in Denver.

SAN ANTONIO — You've got to admire a young athlete with a dream. Sometimes it's hitting a little league home run. Sometimes it's catching your first touchdown pass. 

And sometimes it's defeating an NBA All-Star in a good ol' game of Knockout. 

Some adorable video shared by the Spurs Twitter account Thursday shows exactly that happening, with San Antonio Spur DeMar DeRozan on the losing end of a dramatic game on the hardwood. Playing with several young hoopsters at the Mamba Sports Academy, DeRozan put on a nice show – including a dramatic dunk! – but eventually couldn't sink his shot before the player behind him. 

In the spirit of sportsmanship, DeRozan made sure the eventual victor of the game received a hero's lift. We're sure his day was made!