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Harlem Globetrotters show-off on 'Warriors Ground'

Members of the Harlem Globetrotters warming up on Friday at Oracle Arena.

With the Golden State Warriors on the road, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters took on the World All-Stars in an exhibition at Oracle Arena on Friday night.

"It's all about having fun, that's what it's about," host MC Ramsey told the crowd.

Shortly after the ceremonial playing of the whistled version of "Sweet Georgia Brown," Globetrotter veteran Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton began facilitating much of the on court action and audience interaction which was ripe with contests, giveaways, jokes and hi-fives.

Meanwhile new rules courtesy of fan votes on Twitter enhanced the game. Variations included specific trick shots, playing with less than five players and hot hand jersey's. There were even four point shots beyond the traditional 3-point line and Anthony "Buckets" Blakes notably splashed one.

The Globetrotters went 2-for-3 in first quarter trick shots. Jermaine "Stretch" Middleton made a finger spin shot, Kirk "Zeus" Stewart missed a dunk attempt with his feet and Donte "Hammer" Harrison dunked two balls.

Harlem led 52-47 at halftime, but found themselves down 89-82 the end of the third quarter which saw the hundreds of kids in attendance rush the floor to meet the Globetrotters.

Ultimately the All-Stars couldn't stave off the Globetrotters fourth quarter comeback and Harlem won 113-106.

The Globetrotters began barnstorming in 1927 and will play again at Oracle on Sunday at 2 p.m.


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