BIG3 League Basketball 2021 Results: Joe Johnson Drops 23 in Triplets Win vs. Enemies

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 31, 2021

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The BIG3's 2021 season entered into its fourth week Saturday at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

The Triplets are the league's lone unbeaten team and put their 3-0 record up against the Enemies. The Aliens and Bivouac are at the opposite end of the spectrum and sought their first wins following 0-3 starts.

Here's how the weekend unfolded.

BIG3 Week 4 Results

Ghost Ballers 50, Ball Hogs 35

Killer 3's 50, Power 41 

Triplets 50, Enemies 39

Tri-State 50, 3's Company 45

Triology 50, Aliens 32

3 Headed Monsters 51, Bivouac 48

Week 4 Recap

The Ghost Ballers led things off with a 50-35 victory over the Ball Hogs.

Leandro Barbosa has been one of the top stars of BIG3 so far in 2021, sitting second in scoring average (23.0) and leading the league in assists (4.7 per game).

It was another solid week for the 38-year-old guard as he posted a team-high 20 points along with seven rebounds and two dimes. He also hit a pair of four-pointers.

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Alas, it wasn't enough as the Ghost Ballers saw Mike Taylor (22 points), Chris Johnson (15 points) and Ricky Davis (13 points) all score in double figures.

Power used its first-round pick of the 2021 SuperDraft on Serbian star Dusan Bulut, a four-time FIBA 3x3 World Tour champion. The team finally got to see the 35-year-old in action on Saturday.

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Bulut had a solid debut as he adjusts to his new squad, finishing with nine points, four rebounds and two assists in a losing effort.

Donte Greene was the top star as the Killer 3's overturned a three-point halftime deficit and blew out Power 27-15 in the second half en route to victory. Greene dropped 23 points and collected 11 rebounds.

Power fell to 2-2 at the halfway mark. With Bulut in the fold finally, things could still be looking up for coach Nancy Lieberman.

The MVP for the 2019 season, Joe Johnson is on pace to enjoy another monster year in BIG3.

The Enemies had little answer for the seven-time NBA All-Star, who had a double-double (23 points, 15 rebounds), as the Triplets notched their fourth win.

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Jannero Pargo had the touch from long range, hitting five three-pointers to chip in with 17 points.

The Enemies had all five of their players score, but that offensive balance wasn't enough to overcome the Triplets.

Elijah Stewart nearly had a double-double (16 points, nine rebounds). Head coach Gilbert Arenas may have been looking for more from the tandem of Isaiah Austin and Nick Young, who combined for 10 points.

Tri-State held off a second-half rally by 3's Company in a 50-45 win. Earl Clark, Justin Dentmon and Nate Robinson split the scoring duties in the win. 

Clark led the team with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Dentmon showed up strong on both sides of the ball with 16 points and four steals. Robinson scored 15 points and made three of Tri-State's five three-pointers. 

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Mario Chalmers was fantastic for 3's Company in a losing effort. The former Miami Heat guard led all scorers with 26 points. His teammates combined to score 19 points and made one three-point bucket. 

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Since losing in Week 1, Tri-State has reeled off three straight victories at the halfway point of the regular season. 3's Company has now lost three of four games to start the season. 

After losing their first game of the season last week, Trilogy rebounded in grand fashion with a 50-32 win over Aliens. 

Jarrett Jack paced Trilogy with a game-high 21 points and three three-pointers. 

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In last week's marquee matchup with Triplets, Jack had 18 points without making a three-pointer. It was his first game of the season without making at least one three- or four-point shot. 

Because Triplets were able to keep Jack's shot under control, they were able to hold off Trilogy 51-44. 

Isaiah Briscoe and Amir Johnson also played a big role in Trilogy's victory today. They combined for 22 points and 12 rebounds. 

Trilogy will have another big game next week against Ball Hogs, who are coming off back-to-back losses. 

There remains a three-way tie for second place in the BIG3 standings. 3 Headed Monsters ran its record to 3-1, same as Trilogy and Ghost Ballers, thanks to their 51-48 victory over Bivouac. 

The size of Reggie Evans proved to be a big problem for Bivouac. The 15-year NBA veteran finished with a double-double of 20 points and 17 assists in the win. 

Rashard Lewis drilled the game-winning three at the buzzer for 3 Headed Monsters. The two-time NBA All-Star dropped 13 points for his team. 

Despite the loss and an 0-4 start to the season, Bivouac should feel encouraged by this performance. The team stood toe-to-toe with one of the best teams in the league. They had no depth in this game due to injuries. 

Only four players attempted a field goal for Bivouac. Quincy Miller and Alonzo Gee combined for 36 points and six three-pointers. 

Next week, the action moves to Milwaukee with six games scheduled to take place at the Fiserv Forum. The marquee matchup will see Triplets put its undefeated record on the line against 3 Headed Monsters. 


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