Jan 24, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes (40) reacts after missing a shot at the buzzer against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the fourth quarter at Oracle Arena. The Timberwolves defeated the Warriors 121-120. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Rising Stars Challenge: Harrison Barnes Scores 16 Points

In a prelude to tomorrow’s Slam Dunk contest, Golden State Warriors’ forward Harrison Barnes wasn’t too shabby in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night in New Orleans to kick off NBA All-Star weekend.

Barnes scored 16 points and had three assists in Team Hill’s 142-136 victory over Team Webber (the teams were chosen by former NBA superstars and current TNT broadcasters Grant Hill and Chris Webber). He also finished with a team-high plus-minus of +10, and played almost 24 minutes.

“It probably looked like a coach’s pick-up game,”Barnes joked in an interview with Laurence Scott of Warriors.com. “There wasn’t a whole lot of defense.”

Barnes will be one of the participants in Saturday’s Slam Dunk contest, so here’s a little hype video to get you pumped:

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Also in the spotlight tomorrow will be Stephen Curry, who will participate in both the Shooting Stars event and the Three-Point contest.

Today, however, he was the recipient of a compliment from the President of the United States himself.

In an interview with TNT’s Charles Barkley, President Barack Obama called Curry “the best shooter I’ve ever seen.”

That’s pretty impressive, considering that Obama is a big basketball fan and probably has watched the likes of Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, Ray Allen, and others.

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