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Hardaway and Burke shine in All-Star competitions

It was quite a weekend for former Wolverines at the NBA All-Star festivities, a rare place for Michigan basketball talent the past decade.

It started with Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. playing for Chris Webber's team in the Friday night Rising Stars Challenge, then Hardaway and his father, Tim Hardaway, teaming with WNBA player Elena Delle Donne in Saturday's Shooting Stars Challenge and finished with Burke playing in the Skills Challenge.

Hardaway Jr., who plays for the New York Knicks, shined in the Rising Stars Challenge.

He was given an A-plus grade by ESPN.com.

"Had it not been for Andre Drummond's quick start and beastly play, the hot-shooting Knicks reserve would have walked away with the game's MVP honor," ESPN.com's Michael Wallace wrote. "He pumped in a game-high 36 points after that duel with Dion Waiters. It might hold up as the weekend's most intriguing performance."

Burke's grade was a C-minus, Wallace wrote, mostly because "The speed and pick-up style of play just doesn't fit well with Burke's strengths."

On Saturday night, Burke, who plays for the Utah Jazz, teamed with Portland's Damian Lillard to win the Skills Challenge, by 0.1 second over his primary rookie of the year competitors, Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo. Burke finished his team's success with a lay-up.

"I started to hear the crowd, and you continue to glance up at the clock to see how much time you got," Burke told the Deseret News. "I just tried to get there as quick as possible."

Team Bosh edged Team Hardaway in the first round of the Shooting Skills competition.

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