NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2018 presented by Ruffles
NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2018 presented by Ruffles

Musician Quavo, sprinter Andre DeGrasse provide a different show as they lead Team Clippers past Team Lakers in Celebrity Game

Feb 16, 2018 10:59 PM ET

 

Recording artist Quavo was named MVP of the 2018 NBA Celebrity Game after scoring 19 points.

LOS ANGELES -- There was no Kevin Hart at this year’s Celebrity All-Star Game, which meant no short jokes or on-court hijinks or claims that the MVP wound up in the wrong hands.

But there was enough surprisingly solid play from a handful of celebrities to give the game a reasonable entertainment value, mainly from Quavo and Andre DeGrasse. Both combined to give Team Clippers a 75-66 victory over Team Lakers.

 
Quavo and his Migos partners Offset and Takeoff discuss the rapper earning MVP.

Quavo is one-third of the rap group Migos and interestingly, he was a football player in high school. His athletic skills were very apparent Friday, though, and he finished with a game-high 19 points. He was helped by DeGrasse, the Olympic sprinter and possible heir apparent to Usain Bolt. DeGrasse (17 points) played basketball in high school in Toronto until one of the coaches noticed his speed; DeGrasse switched sports and has, so far, won three Olympic sprint medals.

Team Lakers wasn’t without a heavyweight, mainly Rachel Demita, the diminutive NBA 2K host who played at Old Dominion. She scored 17 points, mainly on long-range jumpers, although another of her “highlights” was being knocked to the floor by Quavo.

It was all in good fun, even without Hart, whose funny presence was replaced by Jamie Foxx, who won the crowd with his antics, but like Hart, came up short. He went scoreless.

 
Nate Robinson knocks down the long four-point shot.

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