NBA sophomores defeat rookies 122-116Posted: Updated:
PHOENIX (AP) -- Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant scored a Rookie Challenge-record 46 points to lead the NBA's sophomores to a 122-116 victory over the rookies on Friday night.
Durant shattered the record of 36 set by Phoenix's Amare Stoudemire as a sophomore in 2004. Durant helped hold off a late charge by the rookies with a three-point play, an emphatic dunk and two free throws in the final minutes.
Miami's Michael Beasley led the rookies with 29 points.
The sophomore squad has won the last seven in the game designed to showcase some of the league's bright young talent during its All-Star weekend festivities.
Oft-injured Portland center Greg Oden was a late scratch with a sore left knee.
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