CHICAGO – June 29, 2018
- BIG3 culminated a week of buzz in Chicago on Friday night with spectacular 3-on-3 professional basketball in front of a packed and energetic crowd at the United Center. Fans turned out in force to see the return of hometown and former Bulls fan-favorites, including Carlos Boozer, Metta World Peace, Drew Gooden, Brian Scalabrine, Corey Maggette, Quentin Richardson, and Nate Robinson who hit the game winning shot for the second week in a row.
- In a post-game press conference, Amar’e Stoudemire declared he’ll be back in the NBA for the 2018-2019 season and still plans to play in the BIG3 next summer, pointing out that the intense competition in the BIG3 is great training to prepare for a return to the NBA.
- In addition to dropping a 2018 BIG3 Season league-leading 28 points, Stephen Jackson came back into the arena to watch the last game of the night and – exemplifying the unparalleled BIG3 fan experience – took a tray of fried chicken into the crowd and served it to fans while taking pictures with thrilled children and adults.
- Official attendance: 14,675
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Ghost Ballers (44, 0-2) vs Killer 3s (50, 1-1)
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Stephen Jackson reminded everyone why he was a MVP candidate in the BIG3’s inaugural season, erupting for 28 points. Jackson beat his previous single-game high of 27, and he finished two points shy of Rashard Lewis’ 2017 single-game record of 30. He also finished one shy of the single-game record for 3-pointers, hitting five. In fact, Jackson was 5-for-9 from 3-point range while the rest of the Killer 3s were 0-for-16.
The first half was a game of streaks, as the Killer 3s went on a 14-0 run to take a 21-8 lead. Ricky Davis, who finished with 12 points, got a hot hand and led the Ghost Ballers on an 11-2 run to close the gap. A mid-range jumper from Alan Anderson gave the Killer 3s a 25-19 halftime lead.
Carlos Boozer made his presence felt in the second half. A Boozer layup brought the Ghost Ballers within two at 27-25. After another Boozer bucket and a foul, the ensuing free throw gave the Ghost Ballers the lead at 28-25. Boozer had a double-double halfway through the second half, and he finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds. But Jackson was just too much. His fifth 3-pointer of the night made it 46-36. The Ghost Ballers went on an 8-0 run, but it wasn’t enough. After a 2-point free throw by Jackson got the Killer 3s to 48, Alan Anderson was fouled and hit the game-winning free throw.
Ball Hogs (34, 0-2) vs Tri State (51, 2-0)
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Tri-State backed up its upset of Trilogy last week with another big win. For the second straight week, they had three players in double figures – once again led by David Hawkins, who scored 20. Jermaine Robinson went 6 for 8 scoring 12 and Nate Robinson had 11 including a 4-point shot. Hawkins, who was one of the biggest surprises in Week 1 when he scored 19, had 12 points when his basket sent Tri-State to halftime with a 26-15 lead.
Tri-State kept the pressure going in the second half, and a 4-pointer from Robinson gave them a 37-21 lead. The Ball Hogs got 14 from Andre Owens and seven each from DeShawn Stevenson and Jermaine Taylor, but Tri-State was too much. For the second week in a row, Robinson hit the game-winner.
Power (50, 2-0) vs 3’s Company (44, 1-1)
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For Power Captain Corey Maggette, the BIG3’s inaugural season only lasted one week. He scored 15 points in the opener and missed the rest of the season with an injury. So after scoring 17 last week in Power’s Season 2 opener, there was the question of what Maggette could do for an encore. And he didn’t disappoint, scoring 16 as Power remained unbeaten. Maggette was one of three in double figures for Power. Cuttino Mobley led the squad with 18, adding seven rebounds, while Glen “Big Baby” Davis continued to be a force inside with 14 points and four boards. Baron Davis from 3’s Company contributed to the first half with 10 points in the first eight minutes including a three pointer that was assisted by a behind the back pass from Drew Gooden.
Maggette had 12 points at halftime as Power built a 25-15 lead in the second half. They continued to build on that momentum to take a commanding 48-36 lead that included a powerful drunk from Chris ‘Birdman’ Andersen. The game seemed to be all but over, except nobody told Baron Davis. B.D. led 3’s Company on an 8-0 run to make it 48-44. He finished with 27 points – 10 more than the rest of 3’s Company combined. But when the game suddenly became tighter, that’s when Maggette took control, driving the court and putting in the game-winner.
Trilogy (34, 0-2) vs 3 Headed Monsters (50, 2-0)
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The old adage about the defending champs having a giant bull’s-eye on their backs has never been more appropriate than what’s happened these first two weeks of the season for Trilogy. Coming off their undefeated championship season last year, Tri-State took it to them in a very physical season opener. And Week 2 against the 3-Headed Monsters may have been even more physical. Of course, it was the 3-Headed Monsters who gave Trilogy all they could in the 2017 BIG3 title game, so it’s not a huge surprise that they avenged that loss Friday night and handed Trilogy its second straight loss.
Rashad McCants, MVP of the championship game, was scoreless in the first half here and then left early in the second with an injury. With McCants gone, it was Trilogy Co-Captain Al Harrington who carried the load for Trilogy – both scoring buckets and banging heads. Harrington led Trilogy with 17 points and was going at it hard with Reggie Evans for most of the game. Meanwhile, reigning BIG3 MVP Rashard Lewis got a hot hand in the first half, scoring 9 points during a 13-0 run for the Monsters that gave them a 20-10 lead. They led 26-16 at halftime.
Trilogy closed within four early in the second half when another 3-pointer from Lewis made it 35-28. The Monsters’ Captain finished with a game-high 21 points. Not far behind was an impressive newcomer – after scoring 10 points in his BIG3 debut last week, Qyntel Woods finished with 15 points and nine boards here, including some big buckets down the stretch. Lewis, who led the BIG3 last season with four game-winning shots, hit the game-winner here to send Trilogy home with an 0-2 record.
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