Former NBA All-Star Baron Davis and rapper The Game made headlines when the latter tweeted that they agreed to a $50,000 bet on the outcome of Sunday’s game at the Los Angeles Drew League. Davis’ three-time reigning champion LAUNFD (pronounced L.A. Unified) took on The Game’s Money Gang in a rematch of last season’s championship contest.
Davis declined to comment on the wager pregame, and whether or not money exchanged hands remains unknown. If indeed a bet was made, The Game walked away richer thanks to Metta World Peace as Money Gang survived Kevin Durant’s 35 points and 17 rebounds to win 92-90.
After a back-and-forth game in front of a standing room only crowd at King Drew Magnet High School, Money Gang appeared to have the game locked up with three minutes left and up five. But LAUNFD cut it to two and World Peace’s missed free throw gave Durant the ball down two and the shot clock off. Durant pushed the ball quickly up court, pulled up for 3 and … missed.
The contest ended after Money Gang missed the front end of a one-and-one, but LAUNFD was caught sleeping and the clock ran out.
The Game put his contact list to good use. DeMar DeRozan, Stephen Jackson and Shannon Brown all suited up for Money Gang. World Peace arrived just as the pregame buzzer sounded.
World Peace – who actually received a technical foul early in the contest after taking exception to a foul on an and-one and throwing the ball at the opposing player – finished with 29 points and 13 rebounds. DeRozan took over down the stretch on his way to 27 points and 11 rebounds.
The Game helped his own cause as a player, finishing strong around the rim, which made up for his lackluster outside shooting.