Drummond dominates: Andre Drummond had 30 points and a Rising Stars Challenge-record 25 rebounds, leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night.
Besides an impressive tally of dunks and rebounds, Drummond even managed to make his free throws while winning MVP honors. A 41 percent shooter during the regular season, the Detroit forward went 6 for 8, including a pair with 29 seconds left after chasing down Bradley Beal’s missed free throw to give his team a five-point lead.
Cleveland’s Dion Waiters had 31 points, mostly coming during a 1-on-1 duel with New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half. Beal finished with 21 for Team Hill, picked by former NBA star Grant Hill.
Hardaway scored 36 points and made seven 3-pointers for fellow former Michigan star Chris Webber’s squad. Philadelphia rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 17 points, nine assists and six rebounds.
Duncan celebrity MVP: Film star Kevin Hart’s reign as the best celebrity basketball player of NBA All-Star weekend has come to a humbling end, even if the fans in attendance thought otherwise.
The 5-foot-2 Hart had seven points and four assists for the West team in a 60-56 loss to the East squad Friday night, but fans voted him the game MVP for a third straight year.
Rather than accept the trophy, Hart insisted it go to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, who had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the East. The 6-5 Duncan played at Harvard.
Hart says he had to be “a humble loser,” but the comedian adds that on the bright side, his new movie, “About Last Night,” is in theaters this weekend.
Stern elected to HOF: David Stern is going from the NBA commissioner’s office to the Hall of Fame.
The recently retired Stern was elected Friday to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014.
Stern retired on Feb. 1 after exactly 30 years as commissioner, during which he brought the league to its greatest success. Stern was elected by the contributors committee. Also directly elected to the Hall of Fame were Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis, former Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard, former New York Knicks player Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton, and Guy Rodgers.
Melo rules out trade: Carmelo Anthony says he knows “for a fact” the Knicks won’t trade him, and says he would be open to staying in New York for less than a maximum contract.
Anthony has said he plans to become a free agent this summer. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday, but Anthony ruled out any chance the Knicks would move him to avoid the possibility they could lose him for nothing in July.
New York can pay him around $30 million more than any team, but Anthony says Friday at the NBA’s All-Star weekend that money doesn’t really matter to him and that his concern “is being able to compete on a high level, at a championship level.”
The Knicks are 20-32, one of the league’s biggest disappointments after winning the Atlantic Division last season.