NEW ORLEANS – Andre Drummond collected 30 points and a Rising Stars Challenge-record 25 rebounds, leading Team Hill to a 142-136 victory over Team Webber on Friday night.
Besides an impressive array of dunks and rebounds, Drummond even managed to make his free throws while earning the award as most valuable player. A 41 percent shooter from the line during the regular season, the Detroit center went 6 for 8, including two free throws with 29 seconds left after chasing down Bradley Beal’s missed free throw to give his team a five-point lead.
Beal, who plays for the Washington Wizards, finished with 21 for Team Hill, picked by former NBA superstar Grant Hill and coached by Nate McMillan.
Indiana Pacers assistant coach McMillan is a former Sonics coach and player.
Cleveland’s Dion Waiters of Team Hill had 31 points, mostly coming during a one-on-one duel with New York’s Tim Hardaway Jr. in the second half.
Hardaway scored 36 points and made seven three-pointers for fellow former Michigan standout Chris Webber’s squad.
Stern heads to Hall
NEW ORLEANS – Recently retired commissioner David Stern was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and will be enshrined with the class of 2014 on Aug. 8 in Springfield, Mass.
Others elected were Guy Rodgers, Lithuania star Sarunas Marciulionis, former ABA Indiana Pacers coach Bob “Slick” Leonard and former New York Knicks player Nat “Sweetwater” Clifton.
The rest of the class will be announced April 7, and finalists include former Sonic Spencer Haywood.
• Film star-comedian Kevin Hart’s reign as the best celebrity player of NBA All-Star Weekend has come to a humbling end.
The 5-foot-2 Hart had seven points and four assists for the West team in a 60-56 loss to the East squad, but fans voted him the game MVP for a third straight year.
Rather than accept the trophy, Hart insisted it go to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. Duncan, who is 6-5 and played at Harvard, had 20 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for the East.