HOUSTON, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Team Chuck beat Team Shaq for the second straight time by recording an NBA highest rookie challenge score of 163 at Friday's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge game.
The 163 points was the best of all the rookie challenge games in NBA history. The previous best record was 155 points in 2007 and 2010, both set by Sophomore teams.
Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried totaled 40 points, tying the second best of rookie challenge history, to take home the MVP reward.
"It feels wonderful," said Faried, who was honored "Player of the Week" once this season, "I did expect being here, but I didn't expect winning the MVP."
"Winning the MVP is an honor."
Team Chuck did a outstanding job beyond the arch, knocking down 17 out of their 32 3-point attempts to establish an early lead. Nine of the ten Chuck team members harvested double figures. The only one left, 5-point Ricky Rubio of the Minnesota Timberwolves, dished out as many as 10 assists to his teammates, including a cross-knee pass leading to a beautiful dunk from Bradley Beal.
Kawhi Leonard and Tristan Thompson collected 20 points each, Iasiah Thomas contributed 18.
Last season first pick Kyrie Irving reproduced his hot hand, hitting 70% of his shots to top the Shaq team with 32 points. His one-and-one challenge against Brandon Knight was regarded as the most unforgettable scene in this year's rookie challenge.
"More or less, that kind of rivalry with me and B Knight has been happening since high school, sice we started playing against each other," said Irving about the competition against Knight. "We were battling for the one and two spot in high school."
Dion Waiters got team second 23 points for Shaq.
Shaq team rallied to 17-16 behind after a dunk by Damian Lillard, but only to see three straight three-pointers for Chuck. The score got to 90-66 after the first half, and Chuck team broke the half time scoring record of rookie challenge with 90 points.
The second half went on with the huge lead of the Chuck team. The rivalry between Irving and Knight became the most attractive scene.
Chandler Parsons scored 13 points on home court, including the final dunk at the request of Rockets fans.