Team Hill defeated Team Webber, 142-136, to win the 2014 Rising Stars Challenge.
As is the case with any sort of All-Star Game exhibition, though, the actual result is secondary to the individual moments that happened on the court. With so many talented players looking to make a name for themselves, there was bound to be some one-upping going on.
Andre Drummond ended up winning the MVP Award, and it's hard to argue with the decision, per the NBA:
The Detroit Pistons star finished with 30 points and an impressive 25 rebounds. Unfortunately, he couldn't grab the actual award, though, per Adam McGinnis:
Tim Hardaway Jr. and Dion Waiters were also standout performers. The New York Knicks rookie had 36 points, hitting a total of seven three-pointers on the night. He barely eclipsed Waiters, who had 31 points on the night.
There was a cool sequence in the second half when Waiters and Hardaway decided to go mano-a-mano. They traded a couple of three-pointers, bringing the crowd to its feet and even coaxing a shimmy out of Kevin Durant, who was sitting baseline, per ESPN.com's Daily Dime:
Waiters and Hardaway Jr. trade deep 3s!— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) February 15, 2014
And after that awesome sequence, both Waiters and THJ give each other dap.— Dime Update (@DimeUpdate) February 15, 2014
It got to the point where Waiters was waiting up court for Hardaway to come guard him in order to drain a shot in his opponent's face, per Fear the Sword's Sam Vecenie:
Waiters legit stopped so THJ could get in front of him. That was RIDICULOUS— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) February 15, 2014
Waiters even sent Hardaway to the floor with a nice dribble move. I think it's called getting Brandon Knight-ed.
Also, those who believe there's a rift between Waiters and Kyrie Irving may be a bit surprised to see that the Cavs point guard was up on his feet cheering for his teammate, per Matt Moore of CBSSports.com:
Kyrie was freaking out about dion's explosion there. Celebrating and yelling for him on his feet— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) February 15, 2014
With the game being in New Orleans, you knew Anthony Davis would be the fan favorite. He put on a show for the home fans with a spectacular sequence in the first half. He started it off by blocking Jonas Valanciunas' shot and then ran down the court to finish off an alley-oop courtesy of Victor Oladipo.
It was a nice snapshot of the entire Anthony Davis package.
Miles Plumlee didn't endear himself to the Smoothie King Center fans with this block on Davis' one-handed dunk attempt in the second half:
Davis would finish with 16 points on 8-of-14 shooting. He's still got the All-Star Game to redeem himself for what was a rather lackluster performance on Friday night.
Harrison Barnes also had a bit of a tough time shooting. He finished with 16 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
Those aren't that impressive when you take into account the fact that Barnes was shooting with pretty much no resistance, as Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin noted:
Harrison Barnes is 1-7 shooting in the Rising Stars game... which is pretty much shooting in an empty gym.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) February 15, 2014
Chris Webber, who, along with Grant Hill, played an honorary general manager role for the game, confused which one of the Plumlee brothers he had on his team, per ESPN New York's Mike Mazzeo. For the record, Mason was the one he was looking for:
GM Chris Webber doesn't know which Plumlee he has on his team ... I quit— Mike Mazzeo (@MazzESPN) February 15, 2014
With an attention to detail like that, Webber probably shouldn't be waiting for any real GM positions to open up.
All in all, it was an enjoyable night, as some of the best young players in the league treated fans to a fun game and provided plenty of highlights.