Posted Feb 15, 2014 8:18 AM
> BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Final: Team Hill 142, Team Webber 136
MVP: Andre Drummond (Pistons)
NEW ORLEANS -- Detroit Pistons big man Andre Drummond was all business in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. He said he came into the game with the mindset to take the MVP, and that's exactly what he did. Drummond made up for missing last year's game as a rookie because of an injury with a monster performance that included 30 points and a Rising Stars record 25 rebounds -- 14 on the offensive glass (Team Webber managed 28 total rebounds) -- as Team Hill beat Team Webber 142-136.
"My mindset was to come out and play with energy, like I've been doing all year," Drummond said. "I had my mind set to win the MVP, so I went out there and did it."
Drummond's MVP was nearly hijacked by Team Webber's Tim Hardaway Jr., a rookie for the New York Knicks, and/or Drummond's Team Hill teammate Dion Waters of the Cleveland Cavaliers during a three-minute stretch in the second half that clearly served as the most riveting portion of the game. With about nine minutes to go, Hardaway Jr., and Waiters engaged in a mano-y-mano shootout.
Waiters scored 15 consecutive points and Hardaway hit 10 in a row and 16 of 18 points that included four 3-pointers. Hardaway put Team Webber ahead 101-99 at the start of the barrage and it ended with Team Hill going ahead 114-112 on a pair of Waiters free throws.
"I knew it was going to happen from the first half. We had a little thing going on, and it died down quick," Waiters said. "But the second half, he came down and made a shot; I came down and made a shot; he came down and made a shot; I came down and made a shot.
"And once the crowd got into it, I knew it was on."
With his former NBA dad watching, Hardaway Jr., hit a couple more 3s three minutes later only to be outdone by Waiters' eight consecutive points with two more 3s. Hardaway went 7-for-16 from beyond the arc and had a game-high 36 points. Waiters was 4-for-6 from deep and had 31 points plus seven assists.
"It was kind of dead in there and we just wanted to start something, a little one-on-one battle," Hardaway Jr., said. "And it was great. We saw the fans standing up, saw [Kevin Durant] and James Harden on the sideline getting into it as well, so it was great."
Should a player in Sunday's main event as an actual All-Star, say Pelicans power forward and swat machine Anthony Davis, also be in a game for those deemed to be potential future All-Stars?
Toronto's fine young center Jonas Valanciunas probably wishes he wasn't tonight. Valanciunas was at the wrong end of a devastating display from the 6-foot-10 hometown hero. Midway through the first half of an otherwise off-the-charts scoring binge by the two teams, Davis did what he does best and delivered the hammer on defense.
Valanciunas tried to dribble into the lane for a short hook, but Davis met the shot with the palm of his outstretched left arm and stuffed him. Davis took off, leaving Valanciunas in his wake, and finished an alley-oop lob from Orlando Magic guard Victor Oladipo with a powerful right-hand flush that elicited oohs and aahs from a Smoothie King Center crowd that leaped out of their seats.
"Afterward he told me, 'You know what I'm going to do,' because we just played against each other the day," said Davis, whose Pelicans played the Valanciunas' Raptors on Monday night. "It's always good to get the crowd into it and the team got hot. It's always something fun to do."
Davis finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, four assists, two blocks and three steals.
The winning Team Hill also had the services of Western Conference All-Star reserve Damian Lillard, who had 13 points and five assists. Washington Wizards shooting guard Bradley Beal finished with 21 points.
Team Webber starting point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the frontrunner to win the Rookie of the Year award, had several highlight plays at the rim and finished with 17 points with a game-high nine assists. Also for Team Webber, Mason Plumlee, often battling against his brother Miles Plumlee, had 20 points. Oladipo and Jared Sullinger each had 13.
-- Jeff Caplan
Damian Lillard (Portland, Soph.)
Bradley Beal (Washington, Soph.)
Andre Drummond (Detroit, Soph.)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State, Soph.)
Terrence Jones (Houston, Soph.)
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee, Rookie)
Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto, Soph.)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland, Soph.)
Miles Plumlee** (Phoenix, Soph.)
** Plumlee replaces Atlanta's Pero Antic, who is injured
Anthony Davis (New Orleans, Soph.)
Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia, Rookie)
Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York, Rookie)
Trey Burke (Utah, Rookie)
Jared Sullinger (Boston, Soph.)
Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn, Rookie)
Victor Oladipo (Orlando, Rookie)
Steven Adams (OKC, Rookie)
Kelly Olynyk (Boston, Rookie)
With the first pick of the 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge draft, TEAM WEBBER selected Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans while TEAM HILL picked Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers second overall. TNT's Hill and NBA TV's Webber, general managers for the 2014 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, made their player selections live on TNT. The 2014 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be played Friday, Feb. 14, in Smoothie King Center during NBA All-Star 2014.
In addition to Davis, TEAM WEBBER is comprised Kelly Olynyk (Boston), Jared Sullinger (Boston), Mason Plumlee (Brooklyn), Tim Hardaway Jr. (New York), Steven Adams (Oklahoma City), Victor Oladipo (Orlando), Michael Carter-Williams (Philadelphia), and Trey Burke (Utah).
Joining Lillard on TEAM HILL are Pero Antic (Atlanta), Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers), Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Terrence Jones (Houston), Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Jonas Valanciunas (Toronto) and Bradley Beal (Washington).
Following tonight's announcement of each team, fans can now vote online from both their computer and mobile device for the starters of each team. The starting lineups will be determined by the players garnering the top votes for their respective positions, with two backcourt and three frontcourt spots for each team. The announcement of the starting lineup will be made in broadcast and in-arena on Friday, Feb. 14, the night of the game. More >>
Faried named MVP as Team Chuck rolls
Denver's Kenneth Faried piled up 40 points and 10 rebounds in only 22 minutes as Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 163-135 in the BBA Rising Stars Challenge.
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.
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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.
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"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
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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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