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Young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars

Young NBA phenoms set for Rising Stars

One of the highlights from Bogdanovic was jacking up shots alongside his Kings teammate, Buddy Hield, who put up 29 points (on a game-high 14 three-point attempts). They came for the rim-rattling dunks of the Dallas Mavericks rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. or the Utah Jazz rookie guard Donovan Mitchell or Boston Celtics second-year wing Jaylen Brown.

Team World moved the ball with objective and actually attempted to get good shots, while their opponents played like it was a glorified AAU game - to an extent, that's true.

Team World attacked the rim and dominated from three-point range as the internationals kicked off the National Basketball Association 2018 All-Star Weekend festivities with a 155-124 victory over Team USA on Friday (Saturday in Manila).

The annual showcase of the NBA's top rookies and second-year players again served as the opening to the three-day All-Star festivities, which are being held in Los Angeles for the record sixth time.

"I mean I'm here for a reason and obviously Philly chose me for a reason, and I've spoken to Brett (Brown) a lot when I was hurt and he wanted me to run the team and be the point guard", the Australian said. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year in which a USA team faces a World team.

"You know, it was (an) All-Star Game, so it wasn't like a really competitive game", Hield said.

What he did get was better than some extra money.

- World: Lauri Markkanen (Chicago), Dario Saric (Philadelphia), Buddy Hield and Bogdan Bogdanovic (Sacramento), Jamal Murray (Denver), Domantas Sabonis (Indiana), Frank Ntilikina (New York) and Dillon Brooks (Memphis). He finished with 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds including this three pointer that got the crowd on its feet.

Bogdanovic jokingly brought up the topic of himself and Hield taking on Warriors stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson in a three-point contest prior to the Rising Stars Challenge.

He's gone on to average almost 16 points and join Hall of Famers Jerry West and Elgin Baylor as the only Lakers rookies with three straight games of 25 or more.

Even Hield, shooting 42.5 percent from 3-point range this season, was perplexed by the choice.

Earlier in the evening, Quavo stole the show in the celebrity game, scoring 19 points (7-10 FGs) to go along with 5 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals as he earned MVP honors.

More trash talk - Fox said Hield and Bogdanovic have been doing the most trash talking about the game. The 25-year-old rookie known as "Bogie" shrugged and moved on. De'Aaron Fox and Taurean Prince have come in to take their place on the team.

"I told [Fox] I would score on him", Bogdanovic said. "I actually want to get the assist record", he stated.

Friday night's contest will see a World Team going up against a U.S. Team and the live coverage from The STAPLES Center will be on TNT and streaming live online. The fans also roared for Lonzo Ball, who was selected for the US roster but unable to play due to his lingering knee injury.

A pair of Sacramento Kings led the way for the World, which has now won three of four Rising Stars Challenges since the exhibition shifted to an worldwide format back in 2015.

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