Lee enjoys can’t-miss challenge


first_imgRudy Gay of Memphis and Utah’s Paul Millsap each scored 22 points for the rookies, who never led and trailed by as many as 43 points. Lee scored the first four points, and the game really wasn’t close after that. Houston’s Luther Head gave the sophomores a 26-15 lead with a 3-pointer with 13:31 left in the half, and the rookies never got within single digits again. The rookies looked helpless later in the half, when Ellis had five alley-oop dunks in a span of less than 3 minutes, pushing the lead to 31 points on his final one. The second-year players shot 78 percent (35 for 45) in the first half, with Paul recording 11 assists in 11 minutes off the bench. Ellis was 7 for 7 in the half. Lee had five more field goals in the first five minutes of the second half, and the lead ballooned to 40 on Raymond Felton’s 3-pointer a few minutes later. Monta Ellis of Golden State scored 28 points on a number of dunks as the sophomores set a game scoring record, surpassing the 142 points they scored in 2004. They shot 74.7 percent (68 of 91) and have won the past five games. Lee, who leads the NBA in field-goal percentage at 61.2 percent, was voted the game’s MVP. Chris Paul, the reigning Rookie of the Year, had 16 points, 17 assists and nine steals. LAS VEGAS – The NBA’s leading shooter had a field day in a game with no defense. New York forward David Lee was 14 for 14 from the field and scored 30 points, leading the sophomores to a 155-114 victory over the rookies Friday night in the rookie challenge. center_img Ellis was 13 of 16 from the floor. Utah’s Deron Williams scored 19 points and Felton had 17. Adam Morrison finished with 16 points for the rookies. Andrea Bargnani, the No. 1 overall pick, had 12 points. The game was sponsored by T-Mobile, which teamed with the NBA to host more than 6,000 area students in the lower section of the arena. No offense to the Golden State Warriors, but as far as Jason Kidd was concerned, as a kid growing up in San Francisco, the Lakers were the only basketball team worth watching. “I was 12, 13 years old. It was right in that Showtime Era,” Kidd said. “Magic Johnson was my favorite player. I thought about wearing No. 32 and taking his spot. The unfortunate thing is that I didn’t grow up to be 6-9.” With Kidd’s New Jersey Nets struggling to a 25-29 record as next week’s trading deadline approaches, Kidd’s name has begun popping up in trade rumors, most recently in connection with the Lakers. Asked about the possibility of being traded to his favorite childhood team, Kidd said, “With the history of the Lakers, you definitely can’t be disappointed. Just the tradition, what they have as a franchise, you’re not going to say you would be disappointed. “There’s a lot of stuff that’s going on. In this league, you’ve always got one bag packed. I learned that real fast. With the Lakers, or whoever it may be, if you get that call, you have to go. Right now, my job is to try to get us into the playoffs.” Washington Wizards’ point guard Gilbert Arenas is making a run for the Magic Johnson Award that’s presented annually by the Professional Basketball Writers Association to the most media friendly NBA player. The award normally goes to good-guy types like Seattle’s Ray Allen or the Clippers’ Elton Brand. But for entertainment value, there’s no one out there like Arenas. “People like entertainment. Nobody wants to hear the same thing, no one wants coffee and cream every day, you got to spike it up a little bit,” Arenas joked. “Ten, 15 years from now, I’m going to be out of the league, no one is going to care about what I say. I might as well just have fun with it now. I may say some stupid stuff, but it’s going to be funny. I’m a funny guy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more