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Sen. Ted Cruz Rousts Late Night Host Jimmy Kimmel In Charity Basketball Game

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) narrowly edged out late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel in a charity basketball game Saturday night, 11-9.

The game was the result of weeks of trash talk between the two men, stemming from a Houston Rockets-Golden State Warriors matchup in the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. “Kimmel joked that Cruz resembled a blobfish, a not particularly attractive creature that dwells at the bottom of the ocean,” the Houston Chronicle reported, to which Cruz responded by declaring he’d beat Kimmel in a game of one-on-one.

Dubbed the First Annual Blobfish Basketball Classic, the game took place at the sold out Texas Southern University’s Health and Physical Education Arena on Saturday evening (although only half the arena’s seats were available, since it was technically a half-court game).

Both men wagered a total of $5,000 on the game. The proceeds from the game will go to two Houston-area children’s charities, Generation One and Texas Children’s Hospital.

Originally, the game was supposed to be a first-to-fifteen points contest, but after an hour of dribbling, missed shots, and air-balls, the pair of contenders agreed that the game would be won by the first man to reach 11 points, with a two point lead over their opponent. Kimmel also frequently stopped play to quiz Cruz on current events, including the controversial Trump Administration decision to separate illegal immigrant families at the border.

The game was taped and is available to view, however, you may want to just skip through to the highlight reel, which Kimmel will air during his Monday night show.