Team Shaq vs. Team Chuck: Top Performers in BBVA Rising Stars Challenge
Team Chuck dominated Team Shaq in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, 163-135. Clearly, Charles Barkley would make for a better general manager than Shaquille O'Neal after this one.
This proved to be an exciting matchup of some of the top young stars in the NBA today.
Whether it was an insane crossover from Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers that broke Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight's ankles or several monster dunks from Kenneth Faried, this showdown had no shortage of exciting plays.
Let's take a look at some of the top performers from each squad.
Faried was well deserving of the Most Valuable Player honor in this game with a sensational performance.
The Morehead State product scored an astounding 40 points and completed a great all-around performance with 10 rebounds (seven offensive), notching a double-double.
From the field, Faried hit 18 of 22 shots and showed some range by draining a three-pointer.
Faried's performance was memorable in and of itself, but his numerous rim-rattling jams will further help people keep this game in their minds forever.
Apparently Barkley knew what he was doing in picking his big men as Thompson was another forward who showed dominance in this game.
Thompson compiled his own double-double after grabbing 10 boards (five offensive) and scoring 20 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field overall.
Along with Faried, Thompson's size made a huge difference in this game. The Cavs forward hit the boards hard, and that helped Team Chuck outrebound Team Shaq, 51-24.
Normally, no one man can carry his team to victory, but Irving did his very best to try.
Irving finished with 32 points, but also posted solid all-around numbers with six rebounds, six assists and one steal. The Cavs star was 14-of-20 from the field overall and drained four three-pointers in this contest.
The best highlight of this game was courtesy of Irving.
Knight tried to guard Irving one-on-one late in the game, but Irving displayed a sick crossover and took a jump step backwards that resulted in him draining a jumper that hit nothing but net.
Knight was embarrassed during the exchange as he ended up with his rear end on the floor.
Waiters was the second top scorer for Team Shaq in the losing effort and was yet another Cavs player who shone in this game.
Waiters finished with 23 points and added three assists to his totals.
The Cavs shooting guard had a few memorable dunks in this game, but none were more memorable than the setup he received from Kemba Walker of the Charlotte Bobcats.
Walker got out on a fast-break opportunity with Waiters trailing and threw the ball off the glass to the waiting hands of Waiters, who would finish with a vicious throwdown.
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