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Friday 17 August 2018

Bieber bounces back from pain of Grammys to shoot some hoops

HERO: Teen idol named Most Valuable Player in celeb match

He may have been snubbed at the Grammys, but Justin Bieber has finally won a trophy in LA -- for basketball.

It seems the Canadian teen singing sensation, beloved by millions of teenage girls worldwide, can also shoot some mean hoops.

Bieber, shut out at the Grammys, was chosen as the most valuable player during an All-Star celebrity game last night.

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

The vertically challenged Bieber scampered up and down the court, his famous shaggy hair bouncing with every step as girls shrieked at the sight.

"He has the softest hair," marvelled former Los Angeles Laker Rick Fox, who patted his West teammate Bieber on the head during the game.

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.





Stretching

His pre-game stretching included trying, but failing, to touch his toes.

Bieber showed off some slick moves, dribbling behind his back, and later hitting a three-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," he added.

With actor Jamie Foxx and Khloe Kardashian among the stars watching, Bieber missed a three-pointer that would have tied the game with 30 seconds to go.

Afterwards, the 16-year-old was hurried off the court by burly security guards.

Bieber's week began when he lost out on his two Grammy nominations.

But things picked up with his Never Say Never concert movie No. 2 at the box office. Bieber's celebrity teammates were Zac Levi of Chuck, R&B singer Trey Songz, rapper Romeo Miller, and Rob Kardashian, whose sister Khloe is married to LA Lakers star Lamar Odom.

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