Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried scored 40 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and entertained the crowd with a series of dunks, leading Team Chuck to a 163-135 victory over Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge game Friday night.
Faried, a second-year pro drafted out of Morehead State, made 18-of-22 shots and was selected the game's most valuable player. He will compete Saturday in the dunk contest on All-Star Weekend and offered a sneak preview of what he has planned with a series of powerful jams Friday.
For the second straight year, the rosters of both teams were a mix of rookies and second-year pros and former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley served as opposing general managers.
Sacramento point guard Isaiah Thomas had 18 points and 10 assists for Barkley's team. Cleveland point guard Kyrie Irving, last year's MVP, scored 32 points for Shaq's team.
Kenneth Faried the MVP of Rising Stars Challenge game
Denver Post | Feb 16