"I could have went the NBA route, let's just get that out of the way," Hart joked before the game. "I chose to do comedy just because it's fun. I didn't want to play basketball. But if I want to I can easily do the same thing these guys do on a daily basis. It's not that serious."
The game also featured a number of former NBA stars including Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Bruce Bowen and Sean Elliot. Drexler and Elliot got tangled up going for a rebound and Elliot crashed to the ground, causing someone to yell: "calm down guys, this isn't 1982."
Mutombo blocked a shot and did the finger wave he made famous during his illustrious career. The entire West bench, led by Harden, jumped up cheering and waving their fingers after the play.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, who played professional basketball in Australia, was a strong player for the West, crashing the boards and grabbing rebounds over the former NBA players.
Josh Hutcherson, the star of "The Hunger Games" who is almost as short as Hart, wowed the crowd by hitting a 3-pointer early in the game.