Mike Ehrmann, Pool, Associated Press
Charlotte Hornets' Kemba Walker (1), of Team Shaq , shoots past Indiana Pacers' Paul George (24), of Team Chuck, during the NBA All-Star Rising Stars Challenge basketball game in Orlando, Fla. Friday, Feb. 24, 2012.
ORLANDO, Fla. — Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving made eight 3-pointers and finished with 34 points, helping Team Chuck beat Team Shaq 146-133 in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday.
Indiana's Paul George added 23 points but the night belonged to Irving, who picked up where another rookie point guard left off in the NBA's showcase game for its first- and second-year players. Wizards point guard John Wall earned MVP honors last season when he was a rookie.
Cleveland's Tristan Thompson scored 20 points to lead Team Shaq. New York Knicks sensation Jeremy Lin only had two points.
This marked the first year in which rookies and sophomores have been mixed together on teams. Historically, the game featured NBA rookies facing off against sophomores.