No place like home: ‘Melo wins MVP in sophomores’ win
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – In front of a hometown crowd, Denver Nuggets
forward Carmelo Anthony scored 31 points to lead the Sophomores over the
Freshman, 133-106, in the NBA Rookie Challenge game Friday night.
Anthony, who was not selected to participate in Sunday’s All-Star Game, posted
19 of his 31 points in the second half to help the second-year squad rebound
from a surprising 64-58 halftime deficit.
Toronto forward Chris Bosh added 26 points and 14 rebounds in the win, and
Philadelphia’s Kyle Korver, a participant in Saturday’s three-point shootout,
went 7-of-10 on three-pointers for 21 points.
Boston guard Tony Allen and Chicago forward Luol Deng scored 17 points apiece
to lead the rookies.
Orlando’s Dwight Howard added 14 points in the loss, Chicago’s Ben Gordon
scored 13, Atlanta’s Josh Smith had 12, Philadelphia’s Andre Iguodala chipped
in 11 and Beno Udrih of San Antonio contributed five.
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James collected 20 points for the second-year
team, despite nursing flu-like symptoms and a tender ankle.
Rounding out the sophomore scorers were Miami’s Dwyane Wade and Seattle’s Luke
Ridnour with 12 points apiece, Dallas’ Josh Howard with seven points and Wade
teammate Udonis Haslem with four points.
The sophomores shot 56 percent (53-of-95) from the field, including 10-of-21
on three-pointers. The freshman shot 52 percent (46-of-88) overall and just 4-
of-15 on threes.
Dallas guard Devin Harris of the freshman team and second-year Chicago guard
Kirk Hinrich were the only participants without a point. Charlotte rookie
Emeka Okafor sat out with an injury.