NBA Rookie-Sophomore Challenge: John Wall Sets Assist Record

Washington Wizards rookie John Wall rewrote the NBA All-Star Rookie-Sophomore Challenge record books on Friday as he delivered 22 assists to lead the Rookies to a come-from-behind victory over the Sophomores, 148-140.

Wall’s 22 assists erased the previous record of 17 set by Chris Paul in 2007. Wall’s exploits earned him the game’s MVP award. The Wizard playmaker also scored 12 points, but the scoring load for the Rookie team was carried by Wall’s Kentucky teammate DeMarcus Cousins, who finished with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Cousins, who has had a rough year with the Sacramento Kings, received eight assists from Wall. Blake Griffin, who is scheduled to play for his first All-Star game later this weekend, added 14 while playing sparingly.

The highlight of the match involved Wall and Griffin in the second quarter when the two combined for an alley-oop that had the Staples Center rocking. During a fast-break, Wall delivered a bounce pass from behind the three-point arc to Griffin, who finished the play with a two-handed reverse dunk. “Whenever you see 32 in a Clippers uniform out of the side, you basically throw it anywhere in the gym,” Wall said. “I knew if I bounced it high enough, he will just attack the play.”

Watch the Blake Griffin dunk here.

UPDATE: Watch the 2011 All-Star Game Live Online HERE.