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NBA Celebrity Game 2016: Top Moments, Video Highlights and Twitter Reaction

Feb 12, 2016; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Canada celebrity head coach Drake during the All-Star celebrity basketball game at Ricoh Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports
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Alec NathanFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 8, 2017

Drake and Team Canada ran through The 6 on Friday night at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game in Toronto and captured continental bragging rights with a 74-64 win over a Team USA side coached by Kevin Hart. 

Toronto Raptors legend and seven-time All-Star Tracy McGrady was the headliner for Team Canada, but Arcade Fire's Win Butler proved to be the difference with 15 points and 14 rebounds as he took home MVP honors.

Team USA came out rolling thanks to the hot hand of former Saturday Night Live cast member and actor Jason Sudeikis, who proved he's been working on his game at the local YMCA—or something.

With a couple of buckets in the game's opening stages, including a deep two-pointer off the glass following the opening tipoff, Sudeikis had the Red, White and Blue ballers feeling good, per the NBA on Twitter: 

Sudeikis even showed off surprising skill with his sweet touch off the glass, as the NBA documented: 

Bleacher Report's Andy Bailey broke down Sudeikis' game with a spot-on NBA comparison: 

Some shrewd team needs to call Sudeikis' agent and make an offer to stash him in the NBA D-League as soon as possible. The man can hoop.

As Team Canada stumbled out of the gate, Drake didn't appear to be pleased with the officiating. However, he remained polite when addressing the referees, as freelance NBA journalist Eric Koreen reported from the arena:

But Drake's frustration didn't last long.

The Canadians rebounded from their sluggish start to take a five-point lead following the first quarter thanks, in part, to the performance of Butler, per Mavs Moneyball on Twitter: 

With Canada in the lead, Hart predictably lost his cool in the huddle:

And when Hart wasn't jawing at his own team, he was chirping at Drake along the sideline:

Canada finished the second quarter with a flurry of points and secured a nine-point lead entering the halftime locker room, and the dominance of Drake's side forced Hart to suit up minutes into the third quarter, according to the NBA:

However, the four-time Celebrity Game MVP likely breached the NBA's collective-bargaining agreement while trying to play hero, as Bleacher Report's Sean Highkin noted:

But despite the heroic gesture, Hart couldn't facilitate a USA comeback. The comedian displayed some burst with a nice dribble drive, but his jumper wasn't up to snuff. 

Without a second-half spark and few long-range threats outside Sudeikis, Team USA couldn't muster enough offense to compete with a Canadian side that scored effectively inside and out. 

And now that Hart's reign as the Celebrity Game MVP is over, it may be time for a changing of the guard in the exhibition showcase.

 

Postgame Reaction

The NBA passed along video of the trophy ceremony, which included an awkward back-and-forth between Butler and ESPN's Sage Steele:

According to Raptors HQ, Butler declared he's done competing on the Celebrity stage following Friday's triumphant effort:

Butler also joked about his eclectic skill set, according to theScore.com's Joseph Casciaro:

"Seriously, though, if I can get a little fast track on the citizenship, that would be great," the American-born Butler added, per Casciaro    

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