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Ted Cruz defeats Jimmy Kimmel in game of one-on-one

Senator Ted Cruz to face television host Jimmy Kimmel in one-on-one basketball game. (Getty Images)

On Saturday afternoon, in front of a sold out crowd at Texas Southern University, Texas Senator Ted Cruz played television host Jimmy Kimmel in a one-on-one matchup.

Yes, seriously — the game was named “The Blobfish Classic.”

Cruz, who is an avid Houston Rockets fan, won by three points.


A matchup between the two has been brewing since Cruz tweeted a picture of himself courtside for Game 7 Western Conference Finals. When the Rockets lost, Kimmel mocked Cruz on Twitter and said he looked like a “blobfish.”

Cruz responded, challenging Kimmel to a game of one-on-one. On a nightly show that followed, Kimmel agreed to play.

A notable spectator was Grayson Allen, the former Duke Blue Devil often linked to Cruz. And while the senator may look like the future NBA Draft pick, he proved he has some game like Allen, too.


The game was not televised, but it was free to the public.

And as part of the deal, Both Cruz and Kimmel are donating $5,000 to Generation One, a Houston education charity, and Texas Children’s Hospital, respectively.

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