NBA Rising Stars: Irving, Turner Shine

Kyrie Irving earned MVP honors by going 12-13 (8-8 from the three-point line) with 34 points.

It was the first day of the All-Star break in Orlando, and it started off with a bang with the Celebrity game, followed by the Rising Stars Challenge. Our own Evan Turner, who is in his second year in the NBA after being drafted #2 overall out of Ohio State, helped Team Chuck defeat Team Shaq by a score of 146-133 in Friday night’s showdown. Turner had 16 points, a game-high 11 rebounds, and 7 assists but his performance was slightly overshadowed by the performance of rookie Cavs guard Kyrie Irving. Turner also broke a world-record before the game by making 14 shots behind the backboard in a minute.

Irving had a sensational night in a wire-to-wire game between Team Chuck and Team Shaq in the Rising Stars Challenge. He had 34 points and was 12-13 from the field, as well as recording 9 assists. Irving earned MVP honors, but there were many other Team Chuck players that were impressive including DeMarcus Cousins tallying a double-double (18 points, 11 rebounds), as well as Turner (16 points, 11 rebounds, 7 assists) and John Wall off the bench (17 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists), flirting with triple-doubles.

Nine of ten Team Shaq’s players were in double-figures, led by Tristan Thompson’s 20 points in 27 minutes but Team Shaq’s offensive balance wasn’t enough to beat Kyrie Irving’s barrage of three-pointers. The former Blue Devil went 8-8 from beyond the arc, including three in a 78 second span early in the second half which put Team Chuck up by 19.

Paul George shows us a little preview of what he's planning for the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest.

As one might expect from the score and the stats, this game featured very little defense; there were 25 steals in the game, and it all appeared to come by accident. The most notable “steal” came during the end of the game when both teams were trying to kill the clock by trading massive dunks. John Wall attempted to throw an alley-oop to himself before Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe snagged the ball and threw it down the court to Tristan Thompson, who put in a dunk of his own as boos rained down from the fans; they experienced a sloppy, silly, and overall fun game.

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George showed fans a preview of what he might do in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night when he threw down a one-handed jam and hung on the rim with his elbow. George went 10-17 with 23 points in 25 minutes.

Although Team Shaq boasted great depth at guard, Team Chuck offered a better, more balanced roster that had too many shooters for Team Shaq to account for.


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Author:Curran Aiyer

Studying Finance, Business Analytics, and International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University with a minor in Spanish. Aspiring to change the world by driving education and the importance of staying informed. Looking to share my learnings and knowledge on behavioral economics and how that correlates with investing in yourself wisely. Originally from Philadelphia and trusting the process.

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