Published on July 26th, 2018 | by Jessica Williams


Ice Cube’s BIG 3 Brings Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Amar’e Stoudemire, & Gary Payton to Miami

Week 5 of Ice Cube’s BIG 3 basketball tournament which, was nothing short of energy-packed excitement, took place at Miami’s American Airlines Arena this past weekend showcasing the intense basketball skills of some of the NBA’s finest alumni including Chris “Birdman” Andersen, Amar’e Stoudemire, Gary Payton, Quentin Richardson, and many others in front of over 13,000 cheering fans.

This week’s game featured a heavy-weight playoff-caliber bout between Power and defending champion Trilogy, a game-winning 4-point shot from newcomer Jamario Moon to push the 3 Headed Monsters to 5-0, a huge second half comeback by Killer 3s to stay in the playoff  race and a resounding win by Tri-State over Ghost Ballers to keep pace in the league standing.

Later on in the evening, Power took down Trilogy, who was honored with their Alex and Ani 2017 BIG 3 Championship rings.  Facing point game, Trilogy’s Rashad McCants seemed to ice the game with a jumper, only to have the bucket nullified due to a shot clock violation. Power then stormed back with six unanswered points to snatch the victory away from Trilogy.

This event featured  outstanding performances from the league’s top stars. Killer 3’s Stephen Jackson put up a line of 22 points, including 3-5 on threes, 6 rebounds and 3 steals to spur second-half comeback from 9 point deficit in a win. MVP Contender David Hawkins once again leads Tri-State to a win with 25 points, including a 4-point shot, and 10 rebounds. Corey Maggette, also an MVP candidate, powered in 13 points with 9 rebounds and 3 steals.

Miami Heat stars Hasan Whiteside. Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Rodney McGruder, and Bam Adebayo were just a few among many others of South Florida’s elite that came out to support this amazing event. Among the star-studded crowd were Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Lisa Leslie, Former Detroit Piston star and NBA Champion Richard Hamilton, Los Angeles Laker Kyle Kuzma and Miami Mayor Francis Suarez.


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