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Jimmy Kimmel Mocks Ted Cruz During Heated Charity Basketball Game

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If you've ever had the unlikely dream of watching late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel and Texas Senator Ted Cruz play basketball against each other, last Monday was your chance.

The odd pair faced off in a one-on-one basketball game, and even before the game started, the smack talk had already began.

During the NBA's Western Conference finals Kimmel tweeted out a picture which compared Cruz's appearance to that of a blob fish.

Once Cruz caught wind of the comedian's mockery, he challenged him to a charity game of their own. They humorously dubbed it the "Blobfish Basketball Classic."

Of course, once both men entered the court, Kimmel was the first one to get a jab in after he took an early lead.

"Did you spend more time this week practicing basketball than trying to get those kids out of that detention center?" he asked Cruz in reference to Donald Trump's controversial family separating policy.

Not one to take an insult lying down, Cruz quipped back: "What about all the kids Obama detained?"

"Yeah, if there were any, you should have done something about that, too," Kimmel rebutted.

Later, Cruz taunted Kimmel for voting for Hilary Clinton during the 2016 presidental election, asking, "How'd that work out for you?"

"Badly," Kimmel genuinely replied.

"Can I be honest? You're right. It worked out terribly. I mean, nothing has ever worked out worse than that worked out. But I'm glad to see you've forgiven Donald Trump for all the horrible things he said about your family, your father. I commend Ted for putting business first and his balls on a shelf somewhere."

Eventually Cruz took the lead and beat Kimmel with a score of 11 to nine.

Although it was a close match, Kimmel revealed he and the senator were severely out of shape.

"Just like a blobfish, the game was sloppy, and within moments we were gasping for air," he said before showing a a clip of the highly anticipated match. "We played one on one. It took almost an hour to get to six points -- which would be a lot if this was a World Cup soccer game. But it was not."

In the end, Cruz decided to match Kimmel's charitable donation of $10,000 to the Texas Children's Hospital and Generation One, a Houston-based non-profit, education organization.

In total, a whopping $80,000 was raised.

"You're a good sport," Kimmel admitted to his rival. "I still think you're a terrible senator."

But Kimmel and Cruz aren't the only celebrities who've been involved with charities. Take a look at these stars who went out of their way to help the less fortunate.

[H/T: CNN, Rolling Stone]

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