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Jamal Murray has big second half in Rising Stars Challenge

18 February, 2018, 05:24 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives up court in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Salt Lake City. Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons the leading rookie of the yea

Simmons missed out on selection to Sunday's All-Star game - he didn't secure enough of the fan vote, and was not voted in by coaches - but the Australian said he had moved on from being left out, adding he understood that it's tough to be selected as a rookie.

The Rising Stars game hasn't had a double-digit margin of victory since going to the current format, but this year could finally see it happen. "I think Bogie had 29 and I had 26".

"Bruno is a great player", said Splitter, who was working the Rising Stars game Friday for the NBA's Brazilian broadcast team.

Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.

Former Oklahoma star Buddy Hield is among the top young talents in the National Basketball Association.

The night certainly belonged to Team World but there's no doubt that the best highlight plays belonged to the Americans. John Collins, the powerful finished from the Atlanta Hawks, was the final double-digit scorer with 11. Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon of Milwaukee was picked for the game but is injured.

The roster for the World team includes: Joel Embiid [76ers], Ben Simmons [76ers], Dario Saric [76ers], Lauri Markkanen [Bulls], Jamal Murray [Nuggets], Domantas Sabonis [Pacers], Buddy Hield [Kings], Bogdan Bogdanovic [Kings], Dillon Brooks [Grizzlies], and Frank Ntilikina [Knicks].

The youngsters are winning games and admirers with skills well beyond their years.

"Our objective was to win and to come out and dominate them", Simmons said.

"I feel like I'm just getting started", Simmons said. "It's my first time, so I'm going to have fun".

The only guys who don't seem impressed are the players themselves. The two Kings guards combined for 55 of the World Team's 155 points. I'm glad that I kept pushing myself to stick with it.

Same with Kuzma, even though he came into the league from Utah with far less fanfare after being taken with the No. 27 pick, which belonged to Brooklyn and was traded to the Lakers.

Ingram, who scored eight points, and Kuzma were both playing in their third game in three nights, including a loss at Minnesota on Thursday night.

Now it's time for some much-needed rest as NBA All-Star weekend has arrived.

"You know, I like watching him play rather than playing against him, and I like being on the same side like I was tonight".

Was the World team more talented than their domestic counterpart? The 76ers have won five straight and look like a playoff team after a few dismal years. Like Simmons, Mitchell is on his way to becoming a household name to National Basketball Association fans.

"Last year, I played only 31 games, but I figured that I was one of the best players in the league".

Once he did, his game - and the Jazz - took off.

If Saturday night is the main course, then Friday provided a tasty appetizer.


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