Ben Simmons nearly scores triple-double as Team World dominate Team USA

Posted February 18, 2018

Guard Lou Williams will compete in the three-point contest and recently acquired forward Tobias Harris in the skills challenge. Four of the racks consist of four regulation National Basketball Association balls and one multi-colored "money" ball. He's scored 40 or more points on two occasions this season.

The top three scorers in the first round advance to the championship round.

"I wish one day, me and Buddy can be out there", he said, via Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee.

The Los Angeles Lakers were supposed to have a competitor in the dunk contest, but they traded Larry Nance Jr.to the Cleveland Cavaliers on February 8. Robertson had 21 through 54 games en route finishing his rookie season with 26.

Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league. Of course, there will be other factors at play like effort levels (especially on defense) and playing time (actual All-Star Embiid might not get too many).

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The 6-foot-6-inch Bogdanovic was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Phoenix Suns, the 27th overall selection. "Their frontcourt of Embiid, Markkanen, Saric, and Sabonis is monstrous compared to Team USA, which features just one player taller than 6'10" (John Collins).

The Kings acquired Bogdanovic's rights on June 23, 2016 and signed him on July 13, 2017. He was the MVP of this game a year ago, scoring 36 points and dishing out 11 dimes.

The World raced to a 78-59 lead by halftime and were never headed.

Team World has the advantage in the series, leading 2-1 after last year's 150-141 win.

Team World was the most recent victor of this event, with Murray leading the team to a 150-141 win, posting 36 points in the game. They were able to come out of the Rising Stars Challenge unscathed, so it was a good night for the franchise. "Unfortunately, our shots didn't fall".

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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). "I'll throw that out there now because I think both are well-deserving of it".

"I kind of knew I was going to play well", he added.

Retired NBA star Paul Pierce scored four points for Team Clippers.

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 16: A general view of pre-game ceremonies during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

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