West dominates East in All-Star celebrity game

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 16, 2013 at 1:58 am •  Published: February 15, 2013
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HOUSTON (AP) — Usain Bolt took joined the East team in the All-Star celebrity game to have a little fun.

He had no idea the West team would take the game so seriously.

Five-foot-2 comedian Kevin Hart took most valuable player honors in leading the West to a 58-38 victory over the Bolt and the East on Friday night.

Afterward the Jamaican sprinter said he was surprised by the intensity of the West team coached by Houston All-Star James Harden

"We got beat bad, but their team was much more serious," Bolt said.

Bolt did show his athleticism a few times, most notably on a two-handed dunk in the first half.

Hart challenged Bolt to a race during a timeout where the pair each had to dribble and make two layups, and shocked the crowd by winning.

"Kevin Hart is a pleasure," said Bolt, who used a limited edition Gatorade squeeze bottle during the game. "I watch all of his standup comedy shows, so for me it was a great honor to get to do that with him."

He acknowledged before the game that he could dunk well, but that his other basketball skills were lacking. He said he'd like to play a different sport when his track career is done.

"I'm more of a better soccer player than a basketball player, so I definitely want to try soccer," he said.

Bolt said he was most impressed with Hart, who stole the show with his antics and won MVP for the second straight year, despite being the smallest player on either team.


by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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