NBA RISING STARS CHALLENGE 2012 ORLANDO:
    SHAQ 133 – CHUCK 146

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    • After 12 years with the Rookies vs Sophomores formula, the NBA decided to make a fresh start for the Rookies Challenge. The most important change was how the teams are put together.
    • Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley, TNT TV star analysts, were in charge to pick 10 players in a special draft to make their respective teams: Team SHAQ and Team CHUCK.
    • Shaq had the first pick after winning a coin toss, and he took Blake Griffin with the first pick. Jeremy Lin and Norris Cole were late additions just a few minutes before the draft started.
    • In the first half of the game, TEAM CHUCK got quickly a 10-point advantage, with great performances of Evan Turner and DeMarcus Cousins. Later, Kyrie Irving went on fire (4-4 3 pointers, 18 points). Tristan Thompson was the only TEAM SHAQ player to score 10 points before halftime.
    • In the second half, Irving continued scoring with 3 more 3-pointers giving CHUCK TEAM a 20 points lead, he finished with 34 points and 8-8 threes. At the end of the game John Wall made his little slam dunk exhibition. Jeremy Lin (tired) and Blake Griffin (has to play Sunday game) played only 9 and 10 minutes respectively.
    • Coaches: Ron Adams and Steve Kerr (Team SHAQ), Maurice Cheeks and Mike Fratello (Team CHUCK)
    • MVP: Kyrie Irving (Team CHUCK)

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