Dallas Sacramento’s Tyreke Evans had 26 points and San Antonio’s DeJuan Blair had 22 points and 23 rebounds to give the NBA rookies a rare victory over the sophomores, 140-128, in the Rookie Challenge on Friday night.
Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City scored 40 points for the sophomores, but he was one of seven players on the second-year team who were handed a surprising result — consecutive losses in this All-Star weekend event.
The sophomores had won seven straight games and eight of 10 since that format was adopted in 2000.
Evans, the league’s top-scoring rookie and 14th overall with 20.3 points a game, made 11 of 15 shots to go with six rebounds and five assists. Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings had 22 points and eight assists, and James Harden from Oklahoma City also had 22 points.