Pop star Bieber wins NBA celebrity game

16:40, February 19, 2011      

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American young singer Justin Bieber (L) defends during the 2011 BBVA All-Star Celebrity basketball game as a part of the NBA All-Star basketball weekend in Los Angeles, the United States, Feb. 18, 2011. (Xinhua/Song Qiong)

Sixteen-year-old pop singer Justin Bieber finally won a trophy in Los Angeles on Friday, but not from his renowned specialty this time.

The teenager sensation, who was ruled out of the Grammys, was named as the most valued player in the NBA All-Star celebrity game representing the losing West coached by Bill Walton.

Bieber had eight points, four assists and two rebounds for the West team, which lost 54-49 to the East.

Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen led the Magic Johnson coached East team with 17 points.

Wearing a black T-shirt under his red-and-white jersey, Bieber spent most of the game hitching up his shorts that fell well below the knee. His pregame stretching included trying, but failing, to touch his toes.

Bieber showed off some slick moves, dribbling behind his back, and driving and dishing to taller teammate and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose. Bieber fed A.C. Green for the game's first basket, and the singer later hit a 3-pointer.

"I'm just running back and forth," Bieber said during an in-game interview. "I'm controlling this whole team. I'm just kidding."

With actor Jamie Foxx and Lakers star Lamar Odom watching, Bieber missed a 3-pointer that would have tied it with 30 seconds to go. Afterward, the 16-year-old was hurried off the court by burly security guards.

Bieber's West teammates were Zac Levi of "Chuck", R&B singer Trey Songz, rapper Romeo Miller, and Rob Kardashian, whose sister Khloe is married to Odom.

Celebrities on the East team were actor and comedian Nick Cannon, Jason Sudeikis of "Saturday Night Live", rapper and actor Common, and Michael Rapaport of "Pound Puppies".

Source: Xinhua

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