Rookies beat the sophomores

February, 12, 2010
2/12/10
10:50
PM CT
The Rookies took care of their business at the American Airlines Center with a 140-128 victory over the sophomores in the Rookie-Sophomore game.

It was the first victory for the rookies since 2002.

San Antonio's DeJuan Blair scored 22 points and had 23 rebounds for the rookies. Blair made 11-of-19 shots from the floor. He had 10 offensive rebounds. Blair's 23 rebounds broke a rookie mark set by Elton Brand in 2000. Brand had 21.

Tyreke Evans of Sacramento got the MVP award for the rookies.

He scored 26 points in 29 minutes on 11-of-15 shooting from the floor. He also had six rebounds, five assists and five steals. Solid effort. One of the best performances I've seen in the rookie-sophomore challenge.

Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook scored a game-high 40 points on 18-of-29 shooting from the field for the sophomores. Michael Beasley of the Miami Heat, added 26 points and seven rebounds.
Calvin Watkins covers the Houston Rockets and the NBA for ESPN.com. He joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers as well as colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Monta Ellis
PTS AST STL MIN
19.2 4.4 1.9 33.8
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsT. Chandler 11.8
AssistsR. Rondo 6.1
StealsM. Ellis 1.9
BlocksB. James 1.5