Former NBA Stars Headline BIG3 in Tulsa

3's Company player/captain and coach Allen Iverson, center, kneels on the sideline during the first half of Game 3 in the BIG3 Basketball League debut, Sunday, June 25, 2017, at the Barclays Center in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Former NBA Stars Headline BIG3 in Tulsa

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

Cutino Mobley and the Power looked to stay undefeated this season as they took on 3 Headed Monster. Mobley, a former Houston Rocket, did his part for Power with 19 points but he did not get much help from his teammates in week 3. 3 Headed Monster saw two of their players dominate the game from the start. Rashard Lewis dominated the paint, scoring 20 points to go along with 6 boards. The star of the game though was the 48 year old Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf. The former LSU standout and Denver Nugget was lights out from every where on the court, scoring 22 points on 9 of 14 shots. When it all came to a close, 3 Headed Monster’s defense was too much, Lewis and Abdul-Rauf could not be stopped, and Power suffered their first loss this season.




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.




 Game 3: Ghost Ballers(2-1) 50 – Ball Hogs(1-2) 45


Coming off the first ever BIG3 Player of the Week, Mike Bibby led the Ghost Ballers to the court to face Brian Scalabrine and the Ball Hogs. In what was arguably the best game of the day, it was not reigning POTW Mike Bibby that led the Ghost to a victory. Ghost Baller Co-Captain Ricky Davis led the way with 23 points. Rasual Butler, who has been one of the surprise players so far this season led the Ball Hogs with 19 points. Mike Bibby would only attempt one shot and never returned to play after leaving in the earlier portion of the game. Despite Bibby not playing much, the Ghost Ballers would go on to win and move to 2-1 on the season.




 Game 4: Trilogy(3-0) 50 – 3’s Company(1-2) 42


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.




 The BIG3 in Tulsa airs on FS1 8 p.m. ET. Monday night (7/10)


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