Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Ted Cruz play one-on-one basketball for charity

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Cruz apologized to the game of basketball for the display on the court. Cruz challenged Kimmel to the game after Kimmel blamed the Houston Rockets playoff loss on the senator. Kimmel said Cruz looked like a blobfish and a Munster from the eponymous 1960s television show The Munsters.

Cruz, who famously called a basketball hoop a "ring" in an ill-fated Hoosiers reference in IN during a failed presidential bid, first challenged Kimmel to the game during the NBA playoffs.

Senator Ted Cruz and Jimmy Kimmel finally played a highly anticipated basketball game against each other for charity in Houston on June 16 and it proved to be very eventful. The game will be incorporated into Kimmel's show Monday night.

"I wanted to humiliate him in front of his people he loves most", Kimmel told ABC station KTRK.

Cruz is listed at -220 or 5/11, which basically means to win $100 you have to plunk down $220. You talk a good game.


Beyond the trash talking and tough tweets, the wannabe b-ballers were playing for charity - Cruz was donating the monies raised to poverty-fighting Generation One Texas charity and Kimmel to the Texas Children's Hospital.

KIMMEL:.I went on Twitter and I wrote back, I like this idea. You besmirched my support for the @HoustonRockets So let's settle this man-to-man: one-on-one, hoops (or "ring-ball", if you prefer). The two agreed the real victor of Saturday's game was charity. In "preparation" Kimmel sat down with a blobfish expert in a segment that aired on his show Thursday night. Ted Cruz says he rode the bench in high school. "I'm just going to live on the [Houston] streets".

CRUZ: Under no circumstances will Kimmel dunk on me.

"Do you have any advice for me in this one-on-one game with Ted Cruz?" he asked, fresh off the athlete's sweep of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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