By Sean Yu
LOS ANGELES - The Los Angeles Clippers, in partnership with the Hawaii Tourism Authority, celebrated Hawaiian Heritage Night last Monday night (Tuesday morning, Manila time) at a sold-out Staples Center.
Filipino-American Jasmine Trias, who was born in Honolulu, sang the national anthem in front of a capacity crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center, where the Clippers beat the Boston Celtics 140-115.
The 32-year old songstress first gained recognition by finishing in the Top 12 of American Idol Season 3. She then parlayed that popularity into a successful singing career and had also dabbled briefly into acting.
Grammy Award winner Josh Tatofi performed in the halftime show.
On the same festive night, the Clippers had another reason to celebrate as Lou Williams scored 32 points and became the NBA's all-time leading scorer off the bench, surpassing the previous mark of 11,147 points held by Dell Curry, the father on Golden State Warriors superstar Steph Curry.
Among those who witnessed Hawaiian Night and Lou's historic achievement was NBA legend Jerry West, a member of the Clippers executive board.
West, also known as The Logo, said "it's nice to see the Filipino-American community supporting our team."