BIG3 League Basketball 2019 Results: Greg Oden's Debut Among Sunday's Highlights

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 23, 2019

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - JUNE 23: Greg Oden of the Aliens shoots over Chris Johnson of the Triplets during Week One of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on June 23, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Andy Lyons/BIG3/Getty Images)
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After a fun opening day of the BIG3 season on Saturday, the remaining six teams kicked things off in 2019 on Sunday.

Several notable players were in action on Day 2, with Greg Oden and the Aliens as well as Joe Johnson and the Triplets leading the way. Amar'e Stoudemire, Nate Robinson, Mike Bibby, Carlos Boozer and more former NBA stars are on the rosters and ready to continue their playing careers with the three-on-three competition.

Check out a full breakdown of Sunday's action from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.



Triplets def. Aliens, 50-40

Killer 3's def. Tri-State, 54-52

Ghost Ballers def. Ball Hogs, 50-39


Triplets 50, Aliens 40

Greg Oden was never healthy enough to live up to expectations in the NBA, but the 31-year-old now has a chance at a second career with the BIG3. The 2007 No. 1 overall pick made some plays in the paint Sunday for the Aliens:

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Greg Oden is already making his presence felt in the paint with a serious FLUSH. https://t.co/xeISowm25z

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Greg Oden playing like a man possessed. No one can guard him.

He finished with eight points and six rebounds, providing some encouragement going forward.

However, his team wasn't able to keep up as Joe Johnson took over for the Triplets.

The Aliens led 26-20 at the half, but the Triplets stormed back behind the coaching of Lisa Leslie.

Johnson looked like he did in his earlier playing days, showcasing his scoring ability in the lane on several big shots, including the game-winner:

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Joe Johnson basically wakes up in the morning getting buckets. Iso-Joe converts off the SPIN CYCLE layup over Shannon Brown. https://t.co/K1sbI3f9Er

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ISO JOE puts the game on ICE. Johnson tosses in the floater for a Triplets victory. #BIG3onCBS https://t.co/IfBiVv5mIw

The seven-time All-Star finished the game with 27 points and 16 rebounds while carrying a team that featured no one else topping 11 points. Al Jefferson and Jannero Pargo also helped out, but it was mostly a one-man show.

If Johnson can continue playing at this level, this squad could become one of the top contenders for the BIG3 season. Meanwhile, Oden can definitely help the Aliens win some games as the season progresses.


Killer 3's 54, Tri-State 52

It takes 50 points to win in the BIG3, but a few more possessions were needed in this one because neither side was able to grab at least a two-point lead. Donte Green took care of that with a game-winning three-pointer with the Killer 3's down one.

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HELTER SKELTER IN THE HEARTLAND. Donte Greene for the win! Killer 3s get it done 54-52. #BIG3onCBS https://t.co/7n7wwhEU7t

The former Syracuse star scored 14 points, overcoming the absence of Stephen Jackson.

There were much bigger names on the other side of the court for Tri-State, including Amar'e Stoudemire, who was taking over at times:

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Amar'e Stoudemire is ON FIRE. STAT took over at the end of the half and Tri-State has a 26-17 lead over Killer 3s. https://t.co/o4t4bxlyyj

The former Suns and Knicks star led the way for his team offensively with 26 points and 10 boards, also playing some strong defense on Eddy Curry.

Stoudemire last played in the NBA in 2016 but showed in his season debut he can still make a big impact on the court. He discussed his excitement about the league at halftime:

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“For the love of the game” ✊ Amar’e Stoudemire won’t stop hooping at 36 (via @thebig3) https://t.co/c92TOK6XiU

Jason Richardson was also unguardable at times while scoring all over the court.

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J-RICH for THREE! Jason Richardson shakes off the defender to give Tri-State a lead. https://t.co/VSXOTFH0Yh

With help from Nate Robinson, Tri-State jumped out to an early lead. But it couldn't hold on late, as the Killer 3's stole a Week 1 victory.


Ghost Ballers 50, Ball Hogs 39

George Gervin showed he can coach as well as he played, with the Ghost Ballers head coach leading his team to an easy win.

Mike Taylor was the surprise star, finishing with 15 points off the bench.

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"Ohhh uh oh! It's the Mike Taylor show!" ⛸️ #Big3onCBS https://t.co/JEqu7ufTJh

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Mike Taylor. Remember the name. Ghost Ballers finish the day with a win. See you next week in Charlotte and Philly! 👻👻👻 #BIG3onCBS https://t.co/VXa56lNhU9

On a team with Mike Bibby and Ricky Davis, the former Iowa State player was arguably the most impressive on the court.

Jamario Moon was then able to close things out for the Ghost Ballers with a tough layup inside for the win and his team-high 20th point:

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Jamario Moon for the WIN. Ghost Ballers take this win over the Ball Hogs 50-39. #BIG3onCBS https://t.co/gAgz4VaAw2

The Ball Hogs simply struggled to keep up, with captain Brian Scalabrine unable to do much damage on either offense or defense. Injuries also kept the squad short-handed in the half-court competition.

Will McDonald had 17 points and 13 rebounds, but the squad could be in for another tough year after going 1-7 last season.