DeMarcus Cousins wanted to be named the MVP of the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge.

But being a center in a guard-oriented format meant Cousins would need the cooperation of the starting point guard.

Luckily for Cousins, that point guard was his former college teammate, John Wall. The plan almost worked.

Cousins scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to go with three steals but couldn't snag the MVP award from Wall in the rookies' 148-140 win over the sophomores on Friday night at Staples Center.

Cousins' points were tied for the fifth most in Rookie Challenge history. He tied LeBron James for the most by a rookie. James scored 33 in 2004. Cousins tied for the fourth-most rebounds in the game's history.