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DeSean Jackson scores 42 points, gets trucked by LeSean McCoy in celebrity basketball game


Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson reunited with several of his former Eagles teammates at LeSean McCoy’s celebrity basketball game Saturday and perhaps provided a hint of what’s to come when he takes the field against them — two times! — this fall.

“We’re a good group,” McCoy told of the participants at his Shades of Greatness foundation event, which was held outside of Philadelphia and benefited ALS research. “I even got DeSean Jackson. You know what happened. Obviously, he’s not an Eagle anymore, but the friendship and the bond is still there. He supports me in anything that I have, and vice versa. I do the same. I’m just happy to have him here.”

Jackson wasn’t content with just being there; however. He had 42 points, five assists and four rebounds in a 93-91 win over McCoy’s team, and, according to’s Jimmy Kempski, was the best non-NBA player on the floor:

On the court, Jackson can hoop. He can pop threes, he was easily beating guys off his dribble with his quickness, he was predictably good in the open floor, and he played tough defense. The professional basketball player (Dion Waiters) who was there aside, DeSean was the best player on the court Saturday. He also wanted it more than anyone. He was hustling for loose balls, and was the only player arguing calls with officials (who basically weren’t calling anything).” 

There was no foul called on this play after McCoy trucked Jackson — or was that a flop? — en route to a layup.

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CBS Philly reports that Jackson and Eagles wideout Jeremy Maclin “engaged in what appeared to be an animated discussion near midcourt” at halftime, but “eventually laughed, shook hands, and left the court together exchanging cell numbers.” Other attendees included Eagles players Connor Barwin and Earl Wolff, and rapper Nelly.

Scott Allen writes about all things D.C. sports. Follow him on Twitter @ScottSAllen or e-mail him if you’ve got a tip to share.



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