Kyrie Irving and Team Shaq lost Friday night but the former No. 1 overall pick still managed to steal the show.
Irving found Brandon Knights trying to check him late in the second half and he went all Uncle Drew on him not once, but three times.
Irving’s handles are really in a class by themselves. He’s so smooth and makes it look so easy. Not even Knight who is a great defender in his own right can keep up with Irving.
Irving’s display was not enough to get past Team Chuck who won the game 163-135 thanks to a 90-point first half.
Kenneth Faried was the MVP scoring 40 points and he got the most help from Ricky Rubio who had 10 dimes in 15 minutes.
Rubio is perfect for this game as alley-oops and sick passes often dominate the game. Faried and his motor only know one speed so going for 40 against the smaller Team Shaq was made easy for him.
There is no better warm-up for the dunk contest than playing in a game like this with Rubio. Faried will compete in the dunk contest representing the Western Conference Saturday night.
This was the second year that the Rising Stars Challenge teams were drafted by Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley. Barkley is 2-0 in the series.