Evans, NBA rookies get rare win
DALLAS — San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair told his fellow NBA rookies before the game that he was going to try to get every rebound. Then he went out and set a record.
Blair grabbed a record 23 rebounds and scored 22 points for the first 20-20 game in the Rookie Challenge, leading the first-year players to a rare 140-128 victory over the sophomores on Friday night.
“He started getting the rebounds for us. He did what he said he was going to do,” said Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans, who had 26 points and was the game’s MVP. “That’s why I wanted to share the (MVP) trophy with him.”
Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City scored 40 points for the sophomores, but he was one of seven players on the second-year team who were handed a surprising result — consecutive losses in this All-Star weekend event.
The sophomores had won seven straight games and eight of 10 since that format was adopted in 2000.
“We got our butts kicked in every aspect of the game,” said Patrick Ewing, the Orlando assistant coach who headed the sophomore squad.