The BIG3 made its third stop of a ten trip tour across the United States on Sunday. The BOK Center played host to the upstart 3 on 3 basketball league and treated over 10,000 fans to a competitive, intense and a, well, unique show. One goal, half a court and 4-point shot circles sat at the center of the arena and an array of former NBA players ranging from journeymen to former all-stars were the stars of the show in Tulsa.
This was not just a spectacle for the fans, as celebrities and former athletes sat court side for the games. BIG3 founder Ice Cube sat court side and even did an impromptu performance for the fans during halftime of the final game. Russell Westbrook made an appearance and was greeted with a boisterous M-V-P chant by the Tulsa crowd.
In BIG3 the first team to reach 50 points is declared the winner.
Game 1: 3 Headed Monster(2-1) 50 – Power(2-1) 32
Game 2: Killer 3s(1-2) 51 – Tri-State(0-3) 44
Both teams were looking for their first win on Sunday and it would be the Killer 3s that notched the victory. This was a physical game as both teams were aggressive and not giving up anything easy to the opponent. There would be a combined 34 fouls by the time the Killer 3s hit the 50 point mark. Mike James continued his good season for Tri-State, scoring 18 points on 50% from the field. In what is perhaps the best starting 3 in the league, Chauncey Billups, Stephen Jackson and Reggie Evans were in sync all game. Billups and Jackson combined for 39 of the 51 points for the Killer 3s. Reggie was arguably the star of the game though. Evans was flying around the half-court and seemingly was the heart of the Killer 3s with 12 points and 18 rebounds.
Trilogy captain and former #1 pick in the 2000 NBA Draft Kenyon Martin sat for the 2nd week in a row as he continues to deal with a hamstring injury. Luckily for Trilogy they have the MVP of the league so far this season. Al Harrington was dominant yet again, posting opponents up, utilizing spin moves, hitting jumpers and dominating at the rim. Harrington would finish with 18 points and 5 rebounds. There was even a potentially dangerous scene when Harrington was forced into the fans and player sitting court side. James White would compliment Harrington’s performance with a double-double and Rashad McCants scored 19 points. Much like Mike Bibby, Allen Iveron, the captain and coach of 3’s Company spent the majority of the game from the bench. It was a dominant performance by Trilogy who capped off the BIG3 in Tulsa and is the final undefeated team in the league.