LaVine leads U.S. to 157-154 win over World in All-Star Rising Stars competition
Team United States Zach LaVine slam dunks the ball past Team World players during second half NBA rising stars all-star basketball action in Toronto on Friday, February 12, 2016. (Mark Blinch/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Saturday, February 13, 2016 8:04AM EST
TORONTO -- Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine poured in 30 points to lead the United States to a 157-154 win over the World team in the NBA All-Star Rising Stars competition on Friday.
LaVine earned MVP honours for his performance.
Jordan Clarkson added 25 points, Devin Booker had 23, D'Angelo Russell had 22, and Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in with 18 as eight American players finished with double-digit point totals.
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay of the Democratic Republic of the Congo led the World team with 30 points and 10 assists while New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis poured in 30 points. Andrew Wiggins of Vaughan, Ont., had 29 and Mario Hezonja chipped in with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
Toronto's Dwight Powell finished with 12 points and 11 boards and Saskatoon's Trey Lyles had two points.
All three Canadians received loud ovations from the Air Canada Centre crowd, the loudest reserved for Wiggins, the reigning NBA rookie of the year.
Interviewed at centre-court prior to tip-off, the 20-year-old said "I'm just happy to be back home."
The game, played in two 20-minute halves, pitted the top rookies and sophomores from around the world against the best from the U.S.