Lillard Talks Rising Stars, Skills Challenge
HOUSTON – When General Managers Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal concluded their draft of the top rookie and sophomore's in the game, most considered O'Neal's draft to be strongest.
That's why you play the game.
Team Chuck, led by Kawhi Leonard upset Team Shaq with a 163-135 victory in Rising Stars Challenge game at the Toyota Center.
Denver's Kenneth Faried had a game-high 40 points and 10 rebounds for Team Chuck. He was named the game's MVP.
Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard got the start for Team Shaq and ended the game with 18 points, three rebounds and five assists.
Lillard did a little bit of everything as he knocked down a couple of his patented step-back threes, sliced through the defense for dunks and he was on the receiving end of a nice alley-oop thrown by Kyrie Irving.
Late in the second half, Lillard went up for a dunk attempt and turned his ankle. After the game he said it wasn't an issue and that he couldn't feel anything right now.
Trail Blazers two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge sat courtside to watch his point guard in action.
Tomorrow Lillard will compete in the NBA Skills Challenge contest.
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