As the temperature dropped in the blistering cold streets of Toronto, basketball fans flocked to The 6’s Ricoh Coliseum to see Team USA (coached by Kevin Hart) go head-to-head against Team Canada (coached by Drake) on Friday night (February 12).
Before the game kicked off, ESPN’s NBA Countdown host Sage Steele kicked event with a little Q&A with the competing teams’ leaders. When the 4-time MVP, Kevin Hart was asked how he plans on taking home the win, the comedian replied, “Canada supported me throughout my career, but tonight I’m here to crush Canada.” A very clean, cut and suited Drake took advantage of the moment to point out how the city of Philadelphia has been taking a lot of L’s lately, adding, “If we’re talking city versus city, it’s been a tough rough year for you.”
During the first two quarters Team USA garnered as much as a a 8-point lead over Team Canada, until the Toronto reps began leading by as much as 7 points. Tracy McGrady and Muggsy Bogues shared a funny moment on the court, Anthony Anderson couldn’t get any referee love on the court and Arcade Fire’s own and NBA Celebrity All-Star MVP, Win Butler, stole the show as he garnered 15 points and 14 rebounds.
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Although he shared that he was retiring from playing another Celebrity All-Star Game, coach Hart decided to leave coaching to assistant coach DeMar DeRozan (of the Toronto Raptors) and joined his team on the court one last time. Team USA ended up falling short by 10 points as Team Canada took home the champion ship after racking 74 points.
Watch the game re-cap over on the NBA.com. Also, be sure to catch Drake as he’ll be adding his own special touch to the 2016 NBA All-Star player introductions on Sunday, Feb 14, live at 8 p.m. ET on TNT (U.S.), Sportsnet ONE and TSN (Canada).