Everyone ran fast, jumped high, did whatever they wanted without a concern that anyone on another team — assuming they could even remember which team was Team Chuck and which was Team Shaq— would think to interfere.

The Rising Stars Challenge at Toyota Center on Friday night was not so much of a “challenge” and far from a competition, but it was an exhibition, which might have been the goal all along. With waves of uncontested 3-pointers and undeterred alley-oop dunks, the team selected by Charles Barkley rolled to a 163-135 rout of the team selected by Shaquille O’Neal, though no one seemed to care very much about actually winning.

As Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas said of the instructions from Team Chuck coach Mike Budenholzer’s instructions, “Play a little defense, push the ball and have some fun.”

Give the first- and second-year players credit then. It’s not often that players can so completely accomplish two-thirds of a coach’s goals.

Asked when he gave up the idea that he would have control of the events, Budenholzer said, “When we showed up at practice.”

Denver’s Kenneth Faried, a player who spent the game smiling while he displayed a version of his usual high-energy self, locked up the MVP before finishing the game with a stretch of dunk-contest slams. He finished with 40 points, 10 rebounds and some turns stealing the show.

“I don’t remember playing it as a regular game,” Faried said. “I just went out there to have fun. I guess that it a regular game for me, enjoy myself and having fun and just playing the game I love.