Yes, seriously - the game was named "The Blobfish Classic". Kimmel and Cruz pledged $10,000 of their own money to Houston charities.
The charity game was launched after comedian Kimmel poked fun at Cruz comparing him to a blobfish and the senator responded on Twitter with a one-on-one challenge on the court. However, because of the slow pace due to the relative lack of athletic grace on the floor, Cruz and Kimmel agreed to call it at 11. The game is only allowed to be taped by ABC for Kimmel's show Jimmy Kimmel Live and Ted Cruz's campaign.
Generation One's mission is to be a catalyst for systemic change in the education system, by creating an equitable educational landscape across the city.
Funds raised in the game were also donated to Kimmel's choice charity Texas Children's Hospital.
The game was born of a joke from Kimmel, who has said the Republican senator resembled the ocean bottom-dwelling blobfish.
Kimmel, 50, is 6 feet tall, according to The Dallas Morning News, and 2 inches taller than Cruz, 47. While Kimmel has the height advantage, Cruz might have the skill advantage. And in case you were wondering, there was no shortage of smack talk.
If a video Cruz released earlier this week set to the song "Chariots of Fire" is any indication of his play, however, it looks to be an ugly game. "Did you spend more time this week practicing basketball than trying to get those kids out of that detention center?", Kimmel said to Cruz. He endorsed Donald Trump for president.