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

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2016

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
Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

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: 


Jason Sudeikis comes out firing in the #DewCelebGame! https://t.co/pDQH4oegDg

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


Jason Sudeikis attacks the rack on ESPN like ________. #DewCelebGame https://t.co/FfNMcI7E9W

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

Andy Bailey @AndrewDBailey

Sudeikis is stroking lefty threes like a younger, non-bald Manu Ginobili.

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:

(((Eric Koreen))) @ekoreen

"In what world, ref?" Drake asks when Canada loses ball after a would-be Butler assist.

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: 

Mavs Moneyball @mavsmoneyball

Win Butler lookin like Dirk outchea with the pump fake and foul drawn

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:


4-time MVP taking it upon himself to bring 🇺🇸 back.. #LetsSee 👀 #DewCelebGame on ESPN! https://t.co/VXBKV4Y6cm

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:

Sean Highkin @highkin

I'm pretty sure player-coaches are outlawed in the CBA but Kevin Hart is coming out of retirement to play

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:

Raptors HQ @RaptorsHQ

Win Butler wins the MVP and then announces his retirement from celebrity athletics.

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

Joseph Casciaro @JosephCasciaro

"Mostly basketball. I do a little music on the side" MVP Win Butler, who also said he dreams of a team in Montreal https://t.co/5D70FWJ1nv

"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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