Amar'e Stoudemire, Stephen Jackson Shine in Friday's 2018 BIG3 Basketball

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2018

MIAMI, FL - JULY 20:  David Hawkins signals a four-point score during a game against the Ghost Ballers during Big 3-Week Five at American Airlines Arena on July 20, 2018 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Big 3/Getty Images)
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The BIG3's fifth week of action kicked off in Miami on Friday night, with four matchups on tap: Tri-State vs. Ghost Ballers, Killers 3s vs. Ball Hogs, Power vs. Trilogy and 3 Headed Monsters vs. 3's Company. 

Below, we'll break down the scores and highlights from the evening's action.


Tri-State def. Ghost Ballers, 51-40

David Hawkins went off in Friday night's opening game, scoring 25 points and adding 10 rebounds in Tri-State's 51-40 win over Ghost Ballers.

Amar'e Stoudemire added 10 points, two boards and a block in the victory, while Ricky Davis' 22 points paced the Ghost Ballers in defeat.  

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Davis didn't have much help, as Mario West and Carlos Boozer only managed six points apiece. Nate Robinson rounded out the strong performances from Tri-State, meanwhile, putting up nine points.

Hawkins has continued his strong season, making himself one of the league's MVP candidates. League co-founder Ice Cube put him in that company earlier in July:

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Could one of these be the MVP of @thebig3? Corey Maggette, David Hawkins, Nate Robinson (kid not included), Baron Davis? https://t.co/PERALBylfI

Hawkins showed he belongs in that company again Friday. 

The win moved Tri-State to 4-1, while Ghost Ballers dropped to 0-5 on the season.


Killer 3's def. Ball Hogs, 50-38

Stephen Jackson and the Killer 3's earned a crucial victory on Friday, moving to 2-3 with a 50-38 win over Ball Hogs.

Jackson was excellent, scoring 22 points with eight rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. He also hit three shots from beyond the arc. 

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"We needed this win. We were 1-3 so this will get us back in the hunt to get in the playoffs." -@DaTrillStak5 to @MichaelRapaport https://t.co/RBGzqTb9Hb

Alan Anderson (12 points, five rebounds) and Metta World Peace (10 points, six boards) had solid showings as well in the winning effort. Ball Hogs managed a balanced attack but a far less dangerous one, with Andre Owens (14 points, five rebounds), Josh Childress (10 points) and Jermaine Taylor (nine points, seven boards) pacing the squad. 

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But the loss dropped Ball Hogs to 1-4, leaving them with a serious uphill climb after their early-season woes.


Power def. Trilogy, 51-48

On the same night that Trilogy received their championship rings from a season ago, they also caught their fourth loss of the season. 

Power pulled off the late comeback behind a balanced attack that saw four players score in double-digits in the 51-48 win. Corey Maggette (13 points, nine rebounds), Cuttino Mobley (12 points), Glen Davis (10 points, eight boards) and Quentin Richardson (10 points) all had solid contests for the squad.

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Power takes down the defending champs in South Beach https://t.co/PJhq153U22

That spoiled big nights from Rashad McCants (17 points) and Al Harrington (15 points, 11 boards).

The win moved Power up to 4-1 on the season.

3 Headed Monsters def. 3's Company, 50-47

With a 50-47 win over 3's Company on Friday, 3 Headed Monsters improved to 5-0 and remained the only undefeated team in BIG3 this season.

Jamario Moon led 3 Headed Monsters with 24 points, including a game-winning four-point shot that banked off the backboard and in:

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🐲🐲🐲 still undefeated https://t.co/NkeKo4mUuY

Moon is a former Toronto Raptors, Miami Heat, Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers and Charlotte Bobcats small forward who last played in the NBA in 2011-12.

While 3 Headed Monsters took a 26-21 lead into halftime, 3's Company came from behind and held the lead late until Moon's decisive shot.

Former Memphis Grizzlies and New Jersey Nets guard Andre Emmett led the way for 3's Company with 18 points, seven rebounds, four steals and three assists in the losing effort.

The loss dropped 3's Company to 3-2 on the season, while 3 Headed Monsters continue to make up for their championship game loss last season.