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Manimal lets loose in Houston

Nuggets' Faried, Cavaliers' Irving put on a show in Rising Stars Challenge

Originally Published: February 15, 2013
By Justin Verrier | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- A lackluster Rising Stars Challenge was crawling to a conclusion, with Team Chuck way out in front and the biggest roar from the crowd coming from a clip of Harrison Barnes' regular-season dunk over Nikola Pekovic on the video board, as Kyrie Irving took a quick behind-the-back dribble outside the right corner of the 3-point arc and paused.

Irving, the game's reigning MVP and the lone rookie or sophomore with a spot in Sunday's main event, had largely gotten what he wanted when ...

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