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President Obama, Scottie Pippen win election day basketball game

POTUS maintains an election day tradition with staff, friends at Chicago gym.
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US President Barack Obama calls a volunteer from a campaign office in Chicago, Illinois, on election day, November 6, 2012. (JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

In between TV interviews and personal appearances, President Barack Obama maintained an election day tradition — on the basketball court.

This was no noon-hour pickup game, either, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen and former Duke University standout Reggie Love were among the group that played this afternoon at Hope Athletic Center in Chicago.

Alexi Giannoulias, a former Illinois treasurer, said on Twitter that his team with Obama, Pippen and Randy Brown won handily.

Also playing were Obama’s brother-in-law, Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson, Education Secretary Arne Duncan, White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass, Mike Ramos and Marty Nesbitt.

Media following POTUS paid special attention to the fact Obama has skipped just one election day hoops game, the 2008 New Hampshire primary, which he lost to Hillary Clinton.

Evidently, the game was very serious, with both teams sweating it out for four, 12-minute quarters just like the pros, USA Today said.

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“It was a lot of fun,” Giannoulias told USA Today. “We won. I scored more points than Scottie Pippen, which was my dream come true.”

They also had referees and subs.

Giannoulias didn’t tell reporters how many points Obama scored, although he was happy to report he scored 32. Pippen reportedly had 21.

He also suggested Obama’s team won by about 20 points, “like 102, 105, 108 or so to 80-something.”

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