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Comedian Famous Los scored 22 points for 10-of-16 shooting as the Home team beat the Away team 82-80 on Friday at the 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Boyangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Famous Los won the MVP for his performance in what was arguably the most intense and entertaining Celebrity game in years.
The Home Side, which was led by the Basketball Hall of Famer, the three-time Olympic gold medalist and the 2017 NCAA tournament winning coach Dawn Staley, had the lead 76-54 with eight minutes remaining
However, the Away team, led by four-time Olympic gold medalist and three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird, cut the lead to two points after a furious charge late in the game. Down 81-73, Quavo hit a four-pointer before comedian Hasan Minhaj got a layup off a steal.
After ex-NFL wide receiver Steve Smith's free throw put the eventual winners up 82-79, 10 ] -time NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer Ray Allen was fouled at half court before he could attempt a game-winning shot for the Bird-led team.
He went to the line for two and made the first one, but Smith corralled the rebound after Allen's intentionally missed the second, leading to the win.
Famous Los, Allen, Jay Williams and Quavo stood out this night
Williams, who won the national championship at Duke and was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft broke out the bag of tricks with this back-dish to Mike Colter for the Staley side:
He also showed no mercy on this coast-to-coast layup:
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. @ RealJayWilliams shows off his handle and a sweet finish at the #RufflesCelebGame! 👀
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Williams and Allen were trading big plays like it was 2003 all over again at one point.
Allen, who had 24 points and nine rebounds was money from behind the arc, which impressed ex-Miami Heat teammate Dwyane Wade:
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D-Wade having Ray Allen nostalgia sitting courtside 🍿
He also added a little second-half sauce in the late in the game:
With 16 first-half points, Allen has emerged as the game's scoring co-leader heading into the break. He shared that distinction with Famous Los, who dominated the first half.
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Ray Allen & amp; @ famouslos32 connect from the Ruffles 4-point line! ☔️☔️
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Famous Los was not done long after that shot, however, as he later connected to a five-point play:
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. @ Famouslos32 really stared down D-Wade after hitting a five-point play 👀 https://t.co/Yi9rWxHOja
Quavo, who won the MVP last year, led all scorers with 27 points for the bird team. He also grabbed nine boards (highlights here). After the game, he passed the MVP torch to Famous Los:
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2018 MVP 🔄 2019 MVP
@ QuavoStuntin gave @ famouslos32 his MVP shirt after the game. https://t.co/x2IoPkFJFw
The two sides were split into Home and Away teams with the former group all having ties to the Carolinas. The NBA used this concept in a similar fashion in 2016 when the All-Star Game was held in Toronto, although the teams then were USA vs. Canada
The NBA introduced a new concept this year, with each team having a "hometown hero."
Retired United States Marine Jason Weinmann, who used his staff military transport vehicle to rescue victims of Hurricane Florence in September,
The Away team featured James Shaw Jr, who disarmed a gunman at the Nashville Waffle House in 2018.