NBA Celebrity All-Star Game 2013: Biggest Highlights from Friday Night's Action

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 16, 2013

Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Television personality and comedian Kevin Hart reacts as he holds the MVP trophy after the 2013 NBA all star celebrity game at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
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While not the highlight event of All-Star Weekend, the 2013 NBA Celebrity All-Star Game provided those in attendance and whoever watched on TV more than enough entertaining moments.

Fans couldn't go in with sky-high expectations as the game is nothing more than minor celebrities playing an exhibition with former stars and a handful of very good WNBA players. It's also quite a contrast from everything else that happens during the weekend featuring the biggest stars the NBA has to offer.

Despite not putting a ton of points on the board or living up to his pregame prediction, comedian Kevin Hart took home MVP after providing entertainment during the game and off the court.

In what was a somewhat enjoyable couple of hours, here's three of the biggest highlights from this year's Celebrity All-Star Game.


Usain Bolt's Dunk

Who knew Usain Bolt could get up like that?

He's obviously the fastest man in the world, but that doesn't necessarily translate to athletic excellence across the board. While not the most polished player, Bolt did enough to not embarrass himself on the court.

Perhaps the funniest thing about the play was how many steps he took in the buildup. It looked to be about 47, but it's not as if the refs are going to call traveling in that circumstance. Really, though, would an official have called LeBron James on a play like that in an actual game?


Kevin Hart vs. Usain Bolt

While it wasn't as good as Dick Bavetta vs. Charles Barkley, Bolt and Hart had themselves a footrace during the Celebrity All-Star Game.

As the fastest man on the planet, Hart was reduced to cheating in order to pick up the victory. In true heel fashion, the comedian got himself a head start. Of course, Bolt might have been able to win had he not decided to showboat and hang on the rim after dunking in the first half of the race.

Then again, maybe Hart was just that much faster than Bolt. Don't be surprised if it's Hart who's standing atop the medal podium in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.


Dikembe Mutombo Turns Back the Clock

Dikembe Mutombo has received new-found fame, whether it's Old Spice's Internet game or Geico's newest commercial. It's well-deserved attention for a player who was one of the best defenders of his era and still manages to make an impact off the court as well.

It was great to see that trademark finger wag after he swatted away a shot from Tamika Catchings.

At 46 years old, nobody could have expected the former star to be able to send the shot three rows deep, but he managed to get enough of the ball to far enough out of bounds to be able to make the block enjoyable.