HOUSTON -- It wasn’t exactly what Dr. James Naismith drew up, but what the heck, it was exciting.
Kenneth Faried scored 40 points and won the MVP in the Rising Stars Challenge in Team Chuck’s 163-135 win on Friday night at the Toyota Center.
Faried’s 40 points are the most he’s had since … well … ever. He never had 40 points in a game, any game, until Friday night.
“It feels wonderful,” Faried said. “It’s a great feeling to know all those elite guys out there. And to rise above them, not in a demeaning way, but in a respectful way of the game and win the MVP is an honor.”
At 6-foot-8 and as a monster forward, the Rising Stars game isn’t exactly tailored to Faried, but he still shined. He came out strong, scoring 19 points on 11 shots in the first half and kept it going in the second.
“I came out with the intent to put on a performance but I wasn’t thinking about an MVP performance,” Faried said.
And aside from scoring 40 points, he also did something else he’s never done before. He made a three. Heck, he shot a three. In his second season in the league, Faried has never attempted a three-pointer in a regulation game.
Faried joked that it’s always in his repertoire but his coach never lets him shoot it (see full CSNHouston story).
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