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Kevin Hart cedes celeb MVP to education secretary

West's Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, drives to the basket in the second half as he participate in an NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game against East in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)West's Snoop Dogg, aka Snoop Lion, drives to the basket in the second half as he participate in an NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game against East in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Film star Kevin Hart's reign as the best celebrity basketball player of NBA All-Star weekend has come to a humbling end, even if the fans in attendance thought otherwise.

East's Bruce Bowen (12) reaches for West's Kevin Hart, foreground, in the second half as they participate in the NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)East's Bruce Bowen (12) reaches for West's Kevin Hart, foreground, in the second half as they participate in the NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The 5-foot-2 Hart had seven points and four assists for the West team in a 60-56 loss to the East squad Friday night, but fans voted him the game MVP for a third straight year.

U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left of the East team struggles with West's Snoop Dogg for a loose ball in the second half of the NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, left of the East team struggles with West's Snoop Dogg for a loose ball in the second half of the NBA All-Star Celebrity basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. The East won 60-56. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Rather than accept the trophy, Hart insisted it go to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the East. The 6-5 Duncan played at Harvard.

Hart says he had to be "a humble loser," but the comedian adds that on the bright side, his new movie, "About Last Night," is in theaters this weekend.