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Pistons' Drummond stands out among Rising Stars

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Feb 14 2014 11:51:34 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 14 2014 11:51:34 PM CST

Most Valuable Player Andre Drummond of the Detroit Pistons scored 30 points and set a Rising Stars Challenge record with 25 rebounds to lead Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night at the start of the NBA All-Star weekend in New Orleans.

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters and New York Knicks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. dueled in the second half to lead their respective teams made up of rookies and second-year players. They matched 3-pointers during one stretch that culminated with Waiters hitting a second straight 3-pointer to put Team Hill ahead to stay at 126-124 with 2:44 left.

Waiters finished with 31 points, making 10 of 14 shots from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range for the team coached by former NBA standout Grant Hill. Hardaway, a rookie from Michigan, scored 36 points, making 12 of 23 from the floor and 7 of 16 3-pointers for Team Webber, coached by former player Chris Webber.

Drummond dominated early with 16 points and 10 rebounds in the first 10 minutes.

"Missing the game last year (as a rookie) was tough for me," Drummond said. "I hated watching every second of it. It was tough I couldn't be out there. It was my mindset to come out and play with energy like I had been all year. I had my mindset to win the MVP and win the game, and I went out and did it."

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams contributed 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds for Team Webber. Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, who is participating in five All-Star weekend events, had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists for Team Hill.

The weekend culminates with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday night.

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