Feb 15, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Team Chuck forward Kenneth Faried (35) of the Denver Nuggets dunks against Team Shaq during the second half of the rising stars challenge during the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend at the Toyota Center. Team Chuck won 163-135. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rising Stars Challenge 2013: Team Chuck Dominates Team Shaq

In an incredibly one-sided game, Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 165-135. Paced by Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried’s 40 points, Team Chuck was in control from the opening tip. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving led Team Shaq with 32 points. Cleveland’s Dion Waiters, a member of Team Shaq, was the third leading scorer, while Team Chuck’s Tristan Thompson and Kwahi Leonard (of the Cavaliers and Spurs, respectively) came in fourth with 20 points. Faried took home MVP honors for his 40-point, 10-rebound performance.

The main reason why Team Chuck was so easily able to control the game was their three-point shooting. From the get-go, Team Chuck was able to consistently hit their outside shots, and quickly got out to a double-digit lead. In the first half alone, Chuck’s squad scored 90 points.  For the game, they shot 53.1 percent from behind the arc.  Comparatively, Shaq’s squad only shot 28.1 percent from three.

The stars of the game were undoubtedly Irving and Faried. Irving, the winner of last years Rising Stars MVP, started slow but turned it up as the game went on. In the fourth, he started to put on a show, mixing finger rolls and crisp jump shots. The best play of the entire night was Irving breaking Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Knight’s ankles with a sick crossover. Faried, on the other hand, grabbed board after board in order to get his buckets. Seemingly every possession down, he would get inside and slam it down.

Predictably, once the game got out of hand, it turned into a glorified dunk contest. Both sides ignored playing defense and just went for broke trying to throw down dunks. Faried threw down several, while Waiters joined in on the fun. The Syracuse product, looking very comfortable, got booed on his dunk attempt.

All in all, this was not an overly competitive game. Team Chuck was able to dominate from the get-go, and statistically held major advantages. They lead in all shooting categories, more than doubled up Team Shaq in rebounds and also were outnumbered in assists.  This was simply domination on the part of Team Chuck and not a pretty one at that. If this is any indication of what Sunday’s game is going to be like, then we could be in for a long weekend of lopsided basketball – even if there will be a lot of dunks.

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