Senator Ted Cruz defeats Jimmy Kimmel 11-9 in Charity Basketball game in Houston, Texas


HOUSTON  — It was a one-on-one half-court game mostly for charity and some for bragging rights. But not long into the slow-moving action between ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, it was clear neither had much to brag about when it came to basketball prowess.

The pair dribbled the ball and bumped each other quite a bit. And they shot quite a bit. But they didn’t do a whole lot of scoring. In fact, what was supposed to be a first-to-15-points game was shorted to first to 11, “in the spirit of bipartisanship,” Kimmel announced when both were firing more air balls than slam dunks.

When it ended, what bragging rights there were belonged to Cruz. He won 11-9.

The contest, a product of some smack-talking between the comedian and politician that happened during the recent NBA playoffs when Kimmel questioned both Cruz’s basketball prowess and his knowledge.

“The reason this is happening is because after Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals, I likened Sen. Cruz to a blobfish, and he did not like that likening so he challenged me to a game of one-on-one,” Kimmel told his TV audience when the showdown was announced.


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