Posted Feb 16, 2013 12:58 AM
Team Chuck 163, Team Shaq 135
HOUSTON -- How Denver's Kenneth Faried was able to sneak into a Cavaliers practice Friday night was not immediately clear. It was even more of a curiosity considering the supersized levels of security at Toyota Center. But, there he was, in a Nuggets uniform and everything.
"That was much easier than a Cavs practice," Rising Star and Cavalier Tyler Zeller corrected after adding four points and four rebounds in 16 minutes in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. "We didn't play a lot of defense. We would have been running a lot of lines."
Faried crashed the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge all right, winning the game's MVP Award. He did it with dunks, and not only in the final 90 seconds or so, when both sides stopped playing defense and mostly stood and watched one player taxi down the runway on either side of basket and audition for a future dunk contest. That is to say, when they stopped playing defense more than they had the rest of the game.
Faried crashed the rim and the boards, too, piling up 40 points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes for the winning side as Team Chuck (Barkley) beat Team Shaq (O'Neal) 163-135 in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge of first- and second-year players.
Faried was the MVP, but the Cavaliers were the majority.
Four key members of the rotation in Cleveland were on the court in Houston: Tristan Thompson for Team Chuck and Kyrie Irving, Tyler Zeller and Dion Waiters for Team Shaq. Irving, a reserve for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game on Sunday, had 32 points, six assists, five rebounds and a back-and-forth, ankle-breaking showdown for several possessions in a row with Detroit's Brandon Knight of Team Chuck. As for the rest of the Cavs, all Waiters did was go 11-for-12 en route to 23 points in 19 minutes, while Thompson was 9-for-10 from the field with 20 points and 10 rebounds in 18 minutes.
But how about the defense? Didn't Team Shaq play some defense? Or any defense?
"Not in the first half," Zeller said.
Team Chuck had 90 points by then while shooting 66.1 percent. At the break, Faried had 19 points and Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings added 14 while going 4-for-4 from behind the arc. After the defense really clamped down in the second half, the Chucks finished the game at 63.9 percent.
NBA All-Star 2013 will play host to the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will feature two teams drafted by TNT Analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal who will serve as the opposing general managers.
Each team will have 10 man rosters, consisting of both NBA rookies and sophomores drafted from a pool that was previously selected by the NBA's assistant coaches. Fans will have the opportunity to vote online for who should be in the starting lineup for each team.
Damian Lillard (Portland)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland)
Andrew Nicholson (Orlando)
Klay Thompson (Golden State)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State)
Chandler Parsons (Houston)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte)
*Andre Drummond (Detroit)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans)
Kenneth Faried (Denver)
Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio)
Bradley Beal (Washington)
Ricky Rubio (Minnesota)
Tristan Thompson (Cleveland)
Nikola Vucevic (Orlando)
Brandon Knight (Detroit)
Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento)
Alexey Shved (Minnesota)
Irving leads Team Chuck to win
Cleveland's Kyrie rving was a perfect 8 for 8 from beyond the arc and finished with 34 points, helping Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 146-133 in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.
Indiana's Paul George added 23 points but the night belonged to Irving, who picked up where another No. 1 overall pick left off in the NBA's showcase game for its first- and second-year players.
College teammates Wall, Cousins lead Rooks to victory
When John Wall turned the Rookie Challenge into a personal playmaking clinic, his former Kentucky teammate and his fellow No. 1 pick eagerly soaked up everything he had to give.
Wall racked up a record 22 assists to win the MVP award, Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins had 33 points and 14 rebounds, and the rookies rallied to beat the sophomores 148-140 at the NBA's All-Star weekend Friday night.
Rooks break Sophomore string
As if their season-long race for the first year honors wasn't already close enough, Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings brought their duel to the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.
Evans rolled up 26 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jennings scored 22 points with eight assists and six rebounds and together they led the Rookies to a 140-128 win over the Sophomores. The win ended a string of seven straight by the Sophomores, the first time the Rookies came out on top since 2002.
Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City scored 40 points for the Sophomores.
Durant keeps Sophomore streak alive
Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge record 46 points on 17-for-25 shooting and was named MVP as he almost single-handedly sent the Sophomores to a 122-116 win at the U.S. Airways Center.
"I play with the guy, I see him do it every night," said Jeff Green. "He's a tremendous player."
Gibson's triples lifts Sophomores
Sophomore sharpshooter Daniel Gibson gave the Rookies 11 good reasons why experience pays off. The Cavs' combo guard nailed a record 11 3-pointers in his 20 attempts and scored 33 points as the Sophomores beat the Rookies 136-109 in the 2008 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam at New Orleans Arena. The Sophmores' victory was their sixth straight over the Rookies.
Lee perfect in Sophomore win
David Lee hit all 14 of his field-goal attempts for a game-high 30 points as the Sophomore beat the Rookies for the fifth consecutive year, 155-114. Lee, who added 11 rebounds and four assists, was named MVP of the 2007 T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam. Chris Paul notched rookie game records of 17 assists and nine steals to go with 16 points. Rudy Gay and Paul Millsap paced the Rookie squad with 22 points apiece.
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