Irving leads Team Chuck to Rising Stars game win

12:22 AM, Feb 25, 2012   |    comments
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Orlando, FL (Sports Network) - Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Kyrie Irving poured in 34 points and made all eight of his attempts from beyond the arc, helping Team Chuck to a 146-133 victory over Team Shaq at the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge.

Irving, who went 12-of-13 from the field and had nine assists, was named the game's MVP as the NBA's All-Star weekend kicked off from Amway Center Friday night.

"It's a game to have fun. I enjoyed myself so much with these guys," Irving said.

Paul George, who will participate in the slam dunk contest Saturday night, tallied 23 points for the winners, headed up by Charles Barkley. DeMarcus Cousins totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Evan Turner tallied 16 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists in the offensive showcase, that featured numerous highlight-reel jams.

John Wall, who had 17 points, put on a display by going behind his back with the ball and then dunking in the game's final minute.

It was a wire-to-wire victory for Team Chuck. The squad, picked by Shaquille O'Neal, didn't get its first basket until Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin delivered a lob to Blake Griffin, resulting in an alley-oop dunk for an 8-2 contest.

Team Chuck gained a 77-65 lead at the half and the double-digit margin was in effect for nearly the entire second period.

Tristan Thompson had 20 points to lead Team Shaq, while Greg Monroe ended with 19 points and 10 rebounds.

The winning squad shot 64.5 percent, but Shaq's team was limited to 12-of-41 from three-point range. Lin had two points in nearly nine minutes of court time.

Comedian Kevin Hart was named the MVP of the Celebrity All-Star game. He had eight points and six assists, as celebrities from the East topped ones from the West, 86-54, at the Orange County Convention Center.

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