BIG3 stars shine Sunday in New Orleans

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New Orleans locals got their first ever taste of BIG3 action on August 25, and league founder Ice Cube’s teams of retired NBA talent put on a show.

Nearly 12,000 basketball fans flocked to the Smoothie King Center for the league’s 3-on-3 playoff matches. The team to score 50 points first wins in BIG3 play.

The Killer 3’s took on the defending champion Power in the second match of the day. In a physical semifinal showdown, Glen Davis and company were no match for Stephen Jackson’s team, as the the Killer 3’s beat Power, 50-42. The former LSU star Davis and the Killer 3’s advance to the championship match with the victory. Jackson ended up with 13 points and six rebounds.

The No. 1 seeded Triplets and 2019 MVP Joe Johnson jumped out to a nine-point halftime lead and held off the 3 Headed Monsters, 51-46, in the second semifinal. Johnson finished with 26 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Bivouac versus 3’s Company was the opening game of three for fifth-place in the league. Bivouac managed to outlast their opponents, 50-36. Josh Smith finished with a team-high 16 points and racked up 11 rebounds, two assists and a block.

The Triplets will face the Killer 3’s for the BIG 3 championship on September 1 in Los Angeles. Power and 3 Headed Monsters will play for third place. The doubleheader finale of BIG3 action begins at 2 p.m. New Orleans time.

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