CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina-bound James McAdoo had 26 points and 14 rebounds and hit the clinching free throws with 1.6 seconds left to the lead the East squad to a 113-109 victory over the West on Saturday night in the Jordan Brand Classic.
Duke product Austin Rivers added 16 points, six rebounds and four steals for the East, which held off a late West rally in the freewheeling high school All-Star game devoid of much defense.
Anthony Davis led Kentucky's impressive foursome of prospects with 29 points and 11 rebounds to pace the West. Tony Wroten Jr., who is headed to Washington, added 16 points and 10 assists.
After the West cut a once 14-deficit to two, McAdoo calmly sank both free throws and was voted co-MVP with Davis.
Rivers, son of Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers and the Naismith Foundation national player of the year, chose Duke over rival North Carolina. With the game being played in Charlotte for the first time, Rivers expectedly got a mixture of boos and cheers from both teams' fans in pregame introductions.
Rivers split time between both guard positions, consistently teamed up with McAdoo on alley-oop dunks. McAdoo hit 10 of 16 shots and overcame an early gaffe.
Even Michael Jordan's presence couldn't prevent the typical ragged All-Star game with little effort on defense, usually one pass and a shot and often 5-for-5 substitutions.
The game was littered with poor alley-oop passes, players not getting back after made baskets and showboating that sometimes turned embarrassing.
McAdoo clanged a 360-dunk attempt off the front rim, then missed a putback layup on the same possession as the East let an early 18-2 lead slip away.
McAdoo and fellow future Tar Heel P.J. Hairston played stretches with Rivers, set to become a fierce rival in the fall. McAdoo would seem to demand playing time even with North Carolina definitely returning big men John Henson and Tyler Zeller. Another North Carolina forward, Harrison Barnes, attended the game and said he remains undecided on whether he'll enter the NBA Draft.
Kentucky dominated the game with four players, two more than any other school.
The 6-foot-10 Davis, who has grown seven inches in a year to shoot up recruiting charts, scored in a variety of ways. He hit a baseline jumper, dunked an alley-oop pass, scored inside and knocked down two free throws in a 2-minute stretch early in the second half as the West briefly took the lead.
After the East built a 14-point lead, he had another burst of three buckets inside to get the West within five before two future teammates stopped the rally.
Marquis Teague, brother of Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague, responded with a thunderous dunk and Michael Gilchrist had his own driving dunk on consecutive possessions to put the East ahead 102-91.
Davis sparked another late spurt that came up short. He missed only two of 15 shots, but the West missed 17 of 20 three-point attempts.