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2011 NBA All-Star Weekend: Rookies Defeat Sophomores 148-140, John Wall Wins MVP

John Wall scored 12 points and handed out a rookie-sophomore game record 22 assists while leading the NBA Rookies over the Sophomores 148-140. Wall's performance landed him the game's MVP award. Wall beat out his former Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins who scored a game high 33 points while grabbing 14 rebounds. 

The Sophomores were led by Oklahoma City's James Hardin who scored 30 points off the bench. DeJuan Blair scored 28 points and grabbed a game high 15 rebounds in a losing cause. 

When the game started all eyes were on Blake Griffin. Griffin only played 14 minutes due to a heavy weekend schedule that includes the Slam Dunk Contest and the All Star Game on Sunday. Griffin scored 14 points in those 14 minutes of action. He also combined with John Wall to deliver the highlight of the game slamming home a bounce pass ally-oop reverse style in what looked to be a warm up for tomorrow's dunk contest. 

From a local standpoint, former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Derrick Favors scored nine points in the game and may or may not still be a New Jersey Net once the weekend ends as his name is in the middle of all of the Carmelo Anthony rumors.

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