Porzingis shined, Team USA got the win
Zach LaVine had 30 points and seven rebounds and the United States team beat the World team 157-154 in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night on the opening night of All-Star festivities.
In the game featuring some of the best rookies and sophomores in the league, LaVine geared up to defend his slam dunk title on Saturday night by making 13 of 20 shots to beat Andrew Wiggins, who took home MVP honors last year in Brooklyn.
Latvian Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points and Emmanuel Mudiay had 30 points and 10 assists for the World team. Wiggins scored 29 points while playing in front of his hometown fans. Also Croatian Mario Hezonja nearly racked up a triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists and Serb Nikola Jokic scored 12 points and also had 8 rebounds and 4 assists.