BIG3 BRINGS HOT SHOTS AND ENTERTAINMENT TO THE ATL
– Hometown Favorites Joe Johnson and Josh Smith Return to Downtown Atlanta –
– Battle of the Unbeatens Live Up to the Hype as Killer 3s Deal First Loss to 3 Headed Monsters –
– Defending Champions Power Stunned by Trilogy –
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Atlanta – July 7, 2019 – State Farm Arena
- Joe Johnson (26 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast) and Josh Smith (22 pts, 9 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk) bring fireworks back to Atlanta; Johnson’s Triplets roar back to remain undefeated on the season.
- Killer 3s Captain Stephen Jackson (22 pts, 6 reb) hits game winner in epic matchup with 3 Headed Monster’s to continue undefeated season.
- Glen “Big Baby” Davis launches his jersey and game shorts into the crowd after getting ejected early into Power’s surprising loss.
- Atlanta Hawk legend Dominique Wilkins in attendance for Sunday’s slew of insane matchups.
- Atlanta rap star Yung Joc performs classic hit “It’s Goin Down” during halftime of Trilogy vs Power.
- 12,102 fans experience electric atmosphere to conclude Week 3 games.
Getty Images: Week 3 in Atlanta
Bivouac 45 (1-2) vs Triplets 51 (3-0)
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZAcEKvEezU
It was a homecoming for former Atlanta Hawks stars Joe Johnson and Josh Smith. “Iso” Joe came into Week 3 as the BIG3’s second leading scorer, averaging 23 points a game, but it was Smith who brought the early energy, scoring 19 in the first half to help Bivouac take a 25-14 lead at the break.
During the postgame press conference, Hall of Fame Legend Lisa Leslie said, “You learn the most about people during tough times and we were in a tough situation”. The Triplets clearly took their coach’s words to heart, steadily chipping away at a 12-point deficit, getting key contributions from Chris Johnson and Alan Anderson. Ultimately, Johsnon’s explosive game would prove to be too much for Bivouac, as the former Atlanta Hawk added to his MVP-calibur campaign with 24 of his teams 37 points in the second half to keep the Triplet’s undefeated season alive.
Josh Smith 22 pts, 9 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk Joe Johnson 26 pts, 7 reb, 4 ast
C.J. Leslie 11 pts, 6 reb Alan Anderson 11 pts, 4 reb
Chris Johnson 10 pts, 5 reb
Bivouac drops to (1-2); Triplets remain undefeated at (3-0)
Killer 3s 51 (3-0) vs 3 Headed Monsters 48 (2-1)
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HY3_CVe5sws
The second game of the night featured a battle of unbeatens, as Charles the “King of New York” Oakley’s Killer 3s put their perfect season on the line against Gary “The Glove” Payton’s 3 Headed Monsters.
As expected, the contest proved to be a physical matchup from the early going. Led by NBA Champion and Captain Stephen “Stak” Jackson, Killer 3s went on an 11-2 run to take a small 25-21 lead into the half.
Refusing to go down easy, 16-year NBA veteran and 3 Headed Monsters’ Captain Rashard Lewis put his squad on his shoulders, accounting for his teams’ first 10 points coming out of the break. Mario Chalmers showed his championship mentality, pouring in bucket after bucket to bring 3 Headed Monsters within one late. Ultimately, Chalmers’ late game heroics would not be enough as the shifty Frank “Nitty” Sessions impressed with several spectacular drives to close out the victory for Killer 3s.
Killer 3’s 3 Headed Monsters
Stephen Jackson 22 pts, 6 reb Rashard Lewis 16 pts, 9 reb
Donte Green 13 pts, 3 reb Mario Chalmers 16 pts, 4 reb
Franklin Session 10 pts, 7 reb, 6 ast
Killer 3’s roll to (3-0); 3 Headed Monsters slip to (2-1)
Trilogy 50 (1-2) vs Power 43 (2-1)
Video Highlights: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eDuh0O8YM-Y
Sunday’s final game was a true testament to the excitement and balanced competition BIG3 brings every week.
Seeking its first win, Trilogy pulled away early en route to handing defending BIG3 Champions Power its first defeat.
After allowing Power to score the game’s first basket, Trilogy went on an 11-0 run and never looked back. Nancy Lieberman’s side was hobbled after a first half ejection to Glen Davis, who gave his uniform and positive energy to the crowd, and a second half injury to MVP candidate Cuttino Mobley.
Amplified by inspired performances from David Hawkins and Patrick O’Bryant, Trilogy kept the pressure on to secure a much needed win.
David Hawkins 21 pts, 4 reb Julian Wright 17 pts, 8 reb
Patrick O’Bryant 14 pts, 9 reb Chris Andersen 12 pts, 4 reb
James White 11 pts, 8 reb
Trilogy rises to (1-2); Power drops to (2-1)