In their inaugural season in the BIG3, the Triplets, led by Joe Johnson and Al Jefferson, won the BIG3 Championship in 2019, defeating the Killers 3’s in the title game 50-39 on Sunday at the Staples Center.
The Triplets were unquestionably the best team all summer long in the BIG3, losing just one game all season, and they finished off a fantastic season with yet another great performance in the championship game.
The Triplets got off to another fast start, gaining a quick 6-0 lead after an Alan Anderson three-pointer, which helped carry the Triplets to a pivotal first-half lead. Anderson racked up 11 points and eight rebounds against the Killer 3’s.
Big Al scrapped in the paint all game long like he did all season for the Triplets as they built a 32-22 lead early in the second half.
From there, league-MVP Joe Johnson took over once again, carrying the Triplets to the finish line. Iso Joe led the league in points, assists, field-goals made, and four-pointers made throughout the season, and Sunday’s championship game was no different.
Johnson scored 28 points against the Killer 3’s, including the team’s last five points, securing the title on a corner three-pointer in front of Lakers forward LeBron James, who was sitting courtside.
Overall, it was a great year for Big Al in his first season in the BIG3, a league that is young but steadily earning respect around the basketball community.
“The biggest difference is the physicality, but the talent level is the same. Everybody wants to win,” Triplets guard Jamario Moon said.
Everybody wants to win in the BIG3, and even though it’s a highly competitive league, the Big Al, Iso Joe, and the Triplets, who were coached by Lisa Leslie, deserved the crown of BIG3 champs all season long, and they proved it in Sunday’s title game.