Hart takes Sprint Celebrity MVP for 4th straight year
POSTED: Feb 13, 2015 11:22 PM ET
Sprint Celebrity Game: West vs. East
Kevin Hart nabbed his fourth straight NBA All-Star Celebrity Game MVP as the West defeated the East Friday night.
> 2015 Sprint Celebrity Game
Final: West 57, East 51
NEW YORK CITY -- The NBA got its first glimpse at a post-Duncan future.
In last year's Celebrity Game, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan dominated, posting 20 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists. After fans voted Kevin Hart the game's MVP despite finishing with just 7 points and 4 assists, Hart gave the award to Duncan.
Stuart Scott Tribute
ESPN's Sage Steele gives a touching tribute to Stuart Scot during pregame.
This year, the West knocked off the Hart's East squad, 57-51. But with Secretary Duncan out recovering from injury, the game's MVP was once again Hart, although this time the game's best player may have been something of a ringer.
"We definitely turned it up in the second half," said the West's Ansel Elgort. "Skylar (Diggins) played really well for us. You know, give the ball to the professional athlete and get out of the way."
Early on, Hart and Little League star Mo'Ne Davis battled one-on-one, in a matchup that appeared to pit equals -- well, at least their heights -- against each other. Hart managed to get to the basket often, and finished with 15 points in 29 minutes. Hart's signature play may have happened halfway through the third quarter, when he battled Arcade Fire lead singer Win Butler for a rebound and nearly flipped the much taller Butler. Atlanta Dream guard Shoni Schimmel added 17 for the East.
Davis Spins and Scores
Mo'ne Davis drives to the basket an puts the nice spin move on Kevin Hart to score the layup.
The West presented a balanced attack, with 13 apiece from Diggins and Grizzlies owner Robert Pera, as well as 8 each from Butler, Hall of Famer Chris Mullin, and actor Jesse Williams, who left the game early after suffering what appeared to be a leg injury. Pera was the game's leading scorer at the half, with 8 points on 4-for-5 shooting. Pera, 36 years old, has never been shy of promoting his love for the game, once publicly challenging Tony Allen to a game of one-on-one.
Following the game, Hart announced his retirement. "It's my fourth MVP," he said. "I can't do no more."
-- Lang Whitaker
Three-time MVP and comedic superstar Kevin Hart will take the court at Madison Square Garden, The World's Most Famous Arena, for the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game 2015 on Friday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. ET airing live on ESPN. Hart will be joined by film star Ansel Elgort; Anthony Anderson (ABC's "blackish"); Common ("Selma"); Little League phenom Mo'ne Davis; Arcade Fire's Win Butler; actor Chadwick Boseman ("42"); "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon; former NBA All-Star and New York Knicks Assistant General Manager Allan Houston; Basketball Hall of Famer Chris Mullin; gold medal-winning U.S. Paralympic athlete Blake Leeper; actor Michael Rapaport; Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera; NBA TV's "NBA Inside Stuff presented by Samsung Galaxy" co-host Kristen Ledlow; Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan; and WNBA stars Shoni Schimmel of the Atlanta Dream, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock and Tina Charles of the New York Liberty. This marks the first time that the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will be held in an NBA arena.
New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony and the team's No. 1 fan, Spike Lee, will coach this year's game alongside ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg. NBA Cares Ambassador Isaiah Austin, founder of The Isaiah Austin Foundation which provides support for the awareness and research of Marfan syndrome, will make his All-Star debut as assistant coach. More >>
2014 - Arne Duncan's big night leads East to victory
2013 - MVP Hart leads West over East in Sprint Celebrity Game
2012 - Secretary of Education shows he's got game too
2011 - MVP Bieber shows off his pro-style game in defeat
2010 - Actor Rapaport shines in Celebrity Game
2009 - T.O. does it again
2008 - Owens, Master P lead team to victory