Jamaica's Usain Bolt achieved his greatest non-running athletic accomplishment in the NBA Celebrity Game: a slam dunk. (Photo : Reuters)
Usain Bolt certainly isn't a basketball player, but he still has ups. The Jamaican sprinter had a slam dunk in the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday night. Bolt used his speed to get far ahead and create plenty of space for his jam.
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The record-holding runner and olympic gold medalist's two-handed slam won't be good enough to win tonight's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but it still got his East team two points. The West held on to win 58-38.
The game featured stars such as last year's MVP, Kevin Hart, singer Ne-Yo and former NBA stars Dikembe Mutombo, Clyde Drexler, Sean Elliot and Bruce Bowen.
The Hunger Games' diminutive star Josh Hutcherson nailed a three-pointer early in the contest, but did not receive any supplies from sponsors after the fact.
In past Celebrity Games, the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan had a 17-point game (2012), Justin Beiber won the 2011 MVP Award with some dazzling moves and Terrell Owens was held at bay by some great defense (2010). Owens won the MVP Award in back-to-back years (2008 & 2009), with Master P helping him grab the honors and his team a win with 17 points.
In the four seasons that the East has faced the West in the Celebrity Game's format, the East has won three times (2012, 2011 and 2009). Each Celebrity Game's losing side has been the winning team in the real All-Star Game. We'll see if that tradition holds up with Sunday's contest. If it's the case, then the LeBron James-led Easter Conference may be back in the win column for the first time in a few years.