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2011 NBA All-Star Weekend: Rookies Take 71-69 Lead At The Half Behind 16 Points From Minnesota's Wesley Johnson

The NBA Rookies have taken a 71-69 halftime lead behind 16 points from Minnesota's Wesley Johnson. The game has been an up and down affair featuring many highlights, 22 dunks, and 17 combined turnovers from the two teams. John Wall has played distributor for the Rookies piling up nine assists to go with eight points. Wall's former Kentucky teammate, Demarcus Cousins added ten points in the first half. 

Blake Griffin hammered home a couple of ally-oop dunks but also took an inadvertent elbow to the nose. Former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Derrick Favors scored seven points. 

Dejuan Blair has the biggest highlight in the game as he threw a pass to himself off the backboard that he jammed in with one hand. Chris Webber compared the dunk to one that Dominique Wilkins did in the 1988 Slam Dunk Contest. Blair and DeMar DeRozan led the sophomores with 14 points apiece. James Hardin (13 points) and Wes Matthews (10 points) are the other sophomores in double figures. 

Every player in the game has scored except Milwaukee's Brandon Jennings

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.