Video: Dion Waiters, Tim Hardaway Jr. turn Rising Stars Challenge into 1-on-1 battle
Dion Waiters and Tim Hardaway Jr. were two of the most low-profile participants heading into NBA All-Star Weekend, but their 1-on-1 battle Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge will undoubtedly go down as one of the highlights.
The two guards put on a shooting display for the ages in the second half of Team Hill’s 142-136 win over Team Webber, both catching fire and exchanging deep three-pointers, filthy crossovers and And1 Mixtape-worthy highlights.
The rest of the players wisely got out of the way, letting Waiters and Hardaway Jr. do their thing and giving fans a chance to see an incredible shooting display. The video above starts with Waiters and Hardaway Jr. putting up a few highlight plays in the first half, but the second half is where the action really picked up (0:46 of the video), transforming Friday night’s showcase momentarily into a glorified 1-on-1 game.
Hardaway finished the game with 36 points on 12-of-23 shooting (7-of-16 from deep) while Waiters totaled 31 points on more efficient 10-of-13 shooting.
The 1-on-1 battle was so good, it made Kevin Durant and James Harden nearly lose it courtside, jumping out of their seats every time Waiters or Hardaway Jr. delivered another ridiculous jumper.
Not a bad start to All-Star Weekend. Get ready for Saturday night’s festivities here.