Score Strip

  1. League: NBA
  2. Golden State vs. Denver
    3:12 1st
    24 GS
    17 DEN
  3. LA Clippers vs. Portland
    3:58 1st
    18 LAC
    26 POR
  4. Phoenix vs. Sacramento
    End 1st
    21 PHO
    24 SAC
  5. Indiana vs. Orlando
    101 IND
    86 ORL
  6. Chicago vs. Charlotte
    Final OT
    86 CHI
    91 CHA
  7. Washington vs. Boston
    118 WAS
    102 BOS
  8. Houston vs. New Orleans
    100 HOU
    105 NO
  9. Brooklyn vs. Cleveland
    85 BKN
    114 CLE
  10. Philadelphia vs. Miami
    100 PHI
    87 MIA
  11. Atlanta vs. Milwaukee
    111 ATL
    103 MIL
  12. Utah vs. Minnesota
    Final 2OT
    136 UTA
    130 MIN
  13. Toronto vs. New York
    92 TOR
    95 NY
  14. LA Lakers vs. San Antonio
    113 LAL
    100 SA
  15. Detroit vs. Oklahoma City
    111 DET
    112 OKC
  16. Dallas vs. Memphis
    Final OT
    105 DAL
    106 MEM
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Ball Don't Lie

Shaquille O’Neal lost a shooting competition to Trick-Shot Titus, a baby (Video)

Eric Freeman
Ball Don't Lie

YouTube is full of very small children "playing" basketball, but the sad fact is that the majority of them have no skills whatsoever. Due to their low-functioning motor skills and general uncertainty over what objects are and how they should be used, these babies typically struggle to stand up, look at the hoop with quizzical interest, and perhaps even make one attempt to shoot the ball after hopeful yet strained encouragement from a parent. Take, for instance, this child (chosen at random), who is really getting by on cuteness alone. It's safe to say he will not be forgoing his last years of preschool eligibility to jump straight to kindergarten.

In this sea of mediocrity, young Titus Ashby stands out. A two-year-old from Derby, Kansas, "Trick-Shot" Titus has captured the internet's attention with several highlight videos of his basketball exploits. (Note: There is no indication that Titus is a baby genius, so he probably did not devise these shots on his own.) He is a talented little boy, and he deserves attention.

Jimmy Kimmel and his staff have noticed Titus, so on Thursday night they invited him to the set for this month's first post-NBA Finals edition of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Except they didn't just let Titus shoot by himself — they pitted him in a free-throw shooting competition against a much bigger foe: 15-time All-Star Shaquille O'Neal.

Without the aid of his usual video editing, Titus put forth a decent performance and nailed eight of his shots. Shaq, a 52.7 percent free-throw shooter for his career, failed to hit a single shot, blaming his passer along the way. As a two-year-old who would have been alive for only a few (injury-riddled) months of Shaq's NBA career, it's likely that Titus does not understand the gravity of this accomplishment. Maybe he will figure it out when he sees "Kazaam" for the first time.

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