Tweet of the Night: Andre Iguodala makes fun of MVP trophy presenter of The Rising Stars Challenge

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The annual Rising Stars Challenge on Friday between chosen rookies and sophomores was pretty much what most expected it to be: An offensive showcase with not a whole lot of defense being played (although the Plumlee brothers may disagree).

Playing in front of his home crowd in New Orleans, Anthony Davis was expected to make some serious noise in this game. However, it was the unlikely shootout that broke out between Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half that captured everyone’s attention:

Sprung: Top Pick Bennett Has Historically Bottomed Out

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Anthony BennettPoor Anthony Bennett tried to keep his head up.

His right shoulder was heavily wrapped after a 31-point loss to the Knicks, and there was disappointment in his eyes.

Bennett had another empty, unremarkable game just two days after a seemingly encouraging 15-point performance against New Orleans. It turns out that it was just a blip in a season of disappointments for both player and team.

Top five memories from 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend

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LeBron James came into the weekend with the hype he’s built through the monstrous 60 percent, 30-point tear that he’d been on for nearly seven straight games.

Kevin Durant dropped (another) 30-spot: It was his third straight 30-point All-Star game.

Kobe Bryant made an timely, game-sealing block with the West up 134-126 and under 2:40 seconds to play in the game.

Carmelo Anthony and Dwyane Wade each played a well-rounded game.

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SH Blog: The Three-Man Weave, Week 2

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What a first half of the season, huh?

As we head into the break, the Three-Man Weave covers LeBron James’ remarkable run, what to look forward to during All-Star Weekend 2013 edition, and which teams may be poised for a second-half push that sneaks them into the postseason.

Without further ado, the second edition of the Three-Man Weave:

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Jeremy Lin added to Rising Stars Challenge; rosters set

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In a major upset, global sensation Jeremy Lin was added to the player pool for the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend.

Lin, the second-year point guard of the New York Knicks, was a late addition to the pool, as was Miami Heat rookie guard Norris Cole.

TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal served as GMs and chose from a pool of 10 sophomores and 10 rookies. Here are there picks (O’Neal had the first pick):

TEAM SHAQ

Blake Griffin

Greg Monroe

Markieff Morris

Ricky Rubio

Jeremy Lin

Kemba Walker

Landry Fields

Norris Cole

Brandon Knight

Tristan Thompson

TEAM CHUCK

DeMarcus Cousins

Derrick Williams

Paul George

Kyrie Irving

MarShon Brooks

John Wall

Gordon Hayward

Tiago Splitter

Evan Turner

Kawhi Leonard

The inaugural Rising Stars Challenge is Friday night, Feb. 24 at 9 p.m. ET on TNT.