Late-night host and US Senator face off in basketball game

Jimmy Kimmel and Sen. Ted Cruz settle their differences on the court for charity.
2:04 | 06/16/18

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Finally tonight, bird versus magic, Lebron versus curry. Tonight the birth of a new hoops rivalry. Kimmel versus Cruz. The late night host and the lawmaker on the court. The trash talk, a win for charity. Here is Marcus Moore. Reporter: What started with name calling from funny man Jimmy Kimmel H exploded in an epic Texas sized throwdown. Texas senator Ted Cruz insulted by Kimmel's comment telling him on Twitter to put his money where his mouth is. On the basketball court. It's not like it's Kareem. Has challenged me to a match here. 'S Ted Cruz. Reporr: It's the most unlikely way to settle acore between a celebrity comedian and the powerful lawmaker he makes his punch line. This will be Ted Cruz's second most embarrassing loss to a TV host. Reporter: And Twitter leading up to the big event. Are you rey for this? I don't think anyone can be ready for this. I think it couldring an end to the sport of basketball as we know it. Reporter: You have a killer cross over? You good in the paint? I have no actl moves. The game is going to take forever. Reporter: We've seen mmel's skills on the court before but in this matchup, senator Cruz is the odds on favorite to win. He is three years younger, and actually played varsity basketball in high school. The loser of the not so epic showdown will make a donation to one of two Houston charities Under no circumstances and I will pull his shorts to the ground. I'm at least a good a basketball player as Ted Cruz is a senator. Reporter: Tonight, the country waits to see who gets to utter the coveted words. Who's got next? Who's got next. Marcus Moore, ABC news. We cannot wait for that game. Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel live, you can watch the interview and see what happened in the game. Thanks for watching, gma and this week in the morning. See you tomorrow night. Have a great evening.vening.

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