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BIG3 League Basketball 2019 Results: Joe Johnson Sets Season Scoring Record

Kyle Newport@@KyleNewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 17, 2019

DALLAS, TEXAS - AUGUST 17: Joe Johnson #1 of the Triplets handles the ball against Chris Johnson #3 of the Ghost Ballers during week nine of the BIG3 three on three basketball league at American Airlines Center on August 17, 2019 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/BIG3 via Getty Images)
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The 2019 BIG3 regular season concluded this weekend, and the playoff field is officially set.

All 12 teams took the court Saturday, with the Ball Hogs as the only squad to have previously been eliminated from postseason contention. The Triplets and Power were the only ones to have secured postseason spots prior to Saturday, while nine teams started the day at either 4-3 or 3-4.

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Below is a look at the latest action from the BIG3.

     

Week 9 Schedule/Results

Ball Hogs def. Bivouac, 50-48

Triplets def. Ghost Ballers, 51-38

3-Headed Monsters def. Power, 52-46

Killer 3's def. Enemies, 50-36

3's Company def. Trilogy, 50-28

Tri-State def. Aliens, 51-44

      

Standings

1. Triplets (7-1)*

2. Killer 3's (5-3)*

3. Power (5-3)*

4. 3-Headed Monsters (4-4)*

5. 3's Company (4-4)

6. Trilogy (4-4)

7. Bivouac (4-4)

8. Ghost Ballers (4-4)

9. Tri-State (4-4)

10. Aliens (3-5)

11. Enemies (3-5)

12. Ball Hogs (1-7)

*Clinched playoff berth

       

2019 BIG3 Playoff Schedule

Semifinals 

Aug. 25 in New Orleans

No. 1 Triplets vs. No. 4 3-Headed Monsters

No. 2 Killer 3's vs. No. 3 Power

      

Championship

Sept. 1 in Los Angeles

Triplets-3-Headed Monsters winner vs. Killer 3's-Power winner

     

Recaps

Ball Hogs 50, Bivouac 48

A second-half rally helped the Ball Hogs rally to win their first game of the year, avoiding an imperfect season in the process.

After trailing by eight at the break, the Ball Hogs outscored Bivouac 31-21 in the second half.

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Xavier Silas led the way for the Ball Hogs, recording 22 points and seven rebounds in the victory. Will McDonald added 17 points, and DeShawn Stevenson had 11 points and seven rebounds.

Will Bynum scored a team-high 18 points for Bivouac, with Josh Smith contributing 14 points. No other Bivouac reached double digits.

     

Triplets 51, Ghost Ballers 38

It was a historic day for seven-time NBA All-Star Joe Johnson, as he led the Triplets to yet another victory to close out the regular season.

Johnson dropped a team-high 19 points, knocking down a trio of three-pointers. With that, he became the BIG3's all-time leading scorer in a single season.

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Johnson was not the only one making plays, though. Sergerio Gipson provided 12 points in support, highlighted by the game-ending bucket:

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The victory helped the Triplets (7-1) clinch the best record in the league.

Ricky Davis scored a game-high 20 points while grabbing six boards in a losing effort. Chris Johnson had 16 points and five rebounds for the Ghost Ballers as well.

        

3-Headed Monsters 52, Power 46

With their season on the line, the 3-Headed Monsters (4-4) upset Power (5-3) on Saturday to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Mario Chalmers came up big for the 3-Headed Monsters, leading the team with 19 points.

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Reggie Evans nearly recorded a double-double, notching 12 points and eight rebounds in the victory. 

On the other side, Corey Maggette piled up a game-high 20 points while grabbing seven boards for Power. Jeremy Pargo added 16 points for the defending champs.

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With the loss, Power wound up dropping to the three-seed, though it did not change their first-round matchup. As they look to become the first back-to-back champs in BIG3 history as they are on their way to the postseason, they will take on the Killer 3's in the opening round.

     

Killer 3's 50, Enemies 36

A balanced attack helped the Killer 3's take care of business and secure a spot in the playoffs with a 50-36 victory over the Enemies on Saturday.

C.J. Watson (13 points and seven rebounds), Stephen Jackson (12 points and seven rebounds) and Donte Greene (12 points and six rebounds) proved to be too much to handle, with Franklin Session (nine points) providing additional depth.

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Meanwhile, Frank Robinson (13 points) was the only Enemies player to reach double figures.

The victory helped the Killer 3's record their first-ever winning season while also earning their first postseason berth. They finished in last place in the inaugural BIG3 season at 2-6 and tied for fifth last year at 3-5.

       

3's Company 50, Trilogy 28

With a chance to clinch a playoff spot, Trilogy's season came to an end following a brutal second half against 3's Company on Saturday.

It was a competitive first half, with 3's company holding a five-point lead at halftime. Following the intermission, though, Trilogy had a tough time keeping up, as they could only manage a total of eight points in the second half.

Trilogy had only three players score in the season-ending loss, with James White (14 points), Samardo Samuels (eight) and David Hawkins (six) unable to generate enough offense on their own.

3's Company had a trio of players in double figures, as Andre Emmett (16) paced his team.

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Trilogy falls to 4-4 with the loss. That will have them in a six-way tie for fourth, and without holding the edge in the tiebreaker, they will have to watch the postseason from home.

      

Tri-State 51, Aliens 44

Tri-State's star power was too much for the Aliens to overcome, as Amar'e Stoudemire, Jason Richardson and Nate Robinson put on a show Saturday.

The Aliens struggled to contain Stoudemire (17 points and eight rebounds), while Richardson (15 points) and Robinson (10) provided plenty of support.

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No Aliens player had more than 11 points, though both Andre Owens and Brandon Rush reached that mark. Former NBA No. 1 overall pick Greg Oden flirted with a double-double (eight points and 11 rebounds) in a losing effort.

With the Aliens' loss, the 3-Headed Monsters managed to claim the final playoff spot.