- Final Score: East 88, West 59
- Most Valuable Player: Brandon Armstrong
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NEW ORLEANS - The Celebrity Game was and is never too serious, for the most part, and such was the case at the Superdome, even without Kevin Hart. The thimble-sized comedian and four-time MVP winner skipped this year’s game, leaving it to Mark Cuban and a host of mostly actors and rappers to do it alone. Cuban and the West team were socked 88-59 by the East.
The star was Brandon Armstrong, the social media impressionist who finished with 16 points and 15 rebounds, mainly by doing some of the player impressions that made him a viral sensation.
Armstrong became famous mimicking James Harden and Russell Westbrook and others, but he did play briefly with the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League and also spent time playing professionally overseas. Win Butler of Arcadia Fire added 22 points and 11 rebounds; he was last year's MVP. There was also an Oscar Schmidt sighting; the now-59-year-old shooting legend and Hall of Famer from Brazil made one of his trademark jumpers from 19 feet.
Also, both teams engaged in the mannequin challenge just before the start of the second half and manage not to stumble.
Cuban and Milwaukee Bucks owner Marc Lasry engaged in a few playful exchanges, with Cuban forcing a jump ball and then getting victimized by a Lasry three-point play.
“I showed up to play basketball,” Cuban said. “I just had too many guys on my team try to win the MVP.”
The real MVP may have been Jarrius Robertson, a 14-year-old battling a chronic liver disease who entered the game in the fourth quarter for the West, immediately drilling a jumper to cap off the best 1-for-1 shooting night you will ever see.