There were plenty of highs and lows for actor/comedian Kevin Hart at the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York. The famed stand-up comic won his fourth most valuable player award in the light-hearted game, but then announced his retirement from the annual event.
Hart amply displayed his fine dribbling skills, impressively driving to the hoop time and again. The Philadelphia native also used his quick tongue to jaw at opponents to get them out of their comfort zones.
But Hart was also the victim of what may have been the highlight of the game. In the first half, Little League pitching sensation Mo’ne Davis went one-on-one against Hart, and exposed him with an effortless crossover. Then, in the key, the 13-year-old put a smooth spin move on Hart to score against the comedian. The MSG crowd loudly cheered her efforts. Throughout the game, Davis showed why her firm grasp of the game is expected to land her an athletic scholarship at a top NCAA program. Davis plays not only basketball and baseball, but also soccer.
Hart, 35, would later drive on Davis and score on a layup, in perhaps the only basketball duel of the evening.
Both Hart and Davis carried out the point-guard duties for their respective teams. Davis is listed at about 5 feet 4 inches, but Hart’s height has been the subject of much discussion in recent years. In conjunction with an arena contest, the crowd was asked to guess Hart’s height: It was announced as 5 feet 4 inches, although he appears at least an inch taller than that.
Other players of note were former NBA stars Allan Houston and Chris Mullin. Actor Chadwick Boseman, star of the Jackie Robinson biopic “42,” was also featured in the game, as well as comic actor Anthony Anderson.