Originally posted on Fox Sports North  |  Last updated 2/16/13
For what it's worth, they won. Timberwolves guards Ricky Rubio and Alexey Shved both participated on Charles Barkley's team, Team Chuck, in Friday night's BBVA Rising Stars Challenge. Barkley's crew defeated Shaquille O'Neal's, 163-135, in a high-scoring and completely unrealistic game that eventually devolved into a dunk exhibition. Rubio, who started the game, played just under 16 minutes, logging 10 assists and 5 points on 50 percent shooting. Shved came of the bench, and in 18 minutes he scored 12 points and dished 4 assists. Highlights of the game included a Rubio pass off the backboard that Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried slammed for a putback dunk. Shved's reverse dunk in the second half was arguably his most memorable move of the night. Faried won the MVP award for the game, scoring 40 points in 22 minutes for Team Chuck. Cleveland's Kyrie Irving led Team Shaq with 32 points, and Rubio's 10 assists tied him with Sacramento's Isaiah Thomas for the most of any player in the game. (Thomas played nearly six more minutes than did Rubio, however.) Rubio competed in the Rising Stars game during last February's All-Star weekend, and he spoke earlier in the week in Minneapolis about the benefits of mingling with the league's best during the festivities. "Being an All-Star in the NBA, you realize that you are in the NBA," Rubio said. "You are around all the stars, and even if we are not playing in the All-Star Game, we are around all the show. It's good to be there." Rubio was a last-minute selection to the game, along with Thomas. Both were added to the roster on Feb. 7, when O'Neal and Barkley "drafted" their teams on TNT. Shved was among the initial 18 players selected. The two guards were the only Timberwolves competing in All-Star weekend, and both have concluded their activities in Houston. Follow Joan Niesen on Twitter.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reds’ Joey Votto shuts down heckler with “I remember when you used to be thin”

Rob Gronkowski gets new contract, chance to double salary

Padres offering $99 ticket plan for five June wins or 16 June games – whatever happens first

Former Jets WR Devin Smith found out he was cut via Twitter

Roger Goodell tweets ‘Key & Peele’ joke about relaxed celebration rules

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Martavis Bryant: ‘I know this is my last chance’

Glennon: ‘This is my year and I’m not worried about the future’

Durant apologizes for response to fans complaining about blowouts

Sheldon Richardson says Jets locker room is better without Brandon Marshall

What's next for the Spurs?

Pro Football Hall of Famer Cortez Kennedy dies at 48

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

Box Score 5/23: Preds, Warriors move on to respective Finals

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Best of Yardbarker: Gregg Popovich doesn't mince words

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Dejounte Murray gets his calls blocked twice

It's reality check time for the Texas Rangers

The 'Walk on home, boy' quiz

NBA Weekend Awards: Who will take a bite of the Snow White Crystal Apple?

Why wait? Our too soon Cavaliers-Warriors NBA Finals preview

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The 'How two award snubs might shake up the NBA' quiz

Preparing for the BIG3: Q&A with BIG3 co-founder Jeff Kwatinetz

Two months in and Nintendo's Switch dominates 2017 video game market

Getaway Day: League leaders falter allowing new teams to surge ahead

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker