Team USA

Miles Bridges wins Rising Stars MVP as Team USA beat Team World 151-131 behind big third quarter

Eight players scored in double figures for Team USA as they tipped-off the 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend by beating Team World 151-131 at the United Center in Chicago.

Charlotte Hornets sophomore Miles Bridges was among the biggest contributors for Team USA, helping him walk away with MVP honours at the end of the game. He received four of a possible seven votes from a panel that includes six media members.

Here are the some of the biggest takeaways and highlights from the Rising Stars game:

Bridges & Team USA turn it around with big 3rd Q

Bridges contributed across the board with 20 points (8-12 FGs; 3-7 3Ps), 5 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals in just 20 minutes of action.

Bridges scored 13 of his 20 in the third quarter, a period where Team USA outscored Team World 44-24 and turned the game on its head. He turned on the screws after tweeting this at halftime:

Team USA went from trailing by 10 at halftime (81-71) to leading by 10 after the third quarter (115-105). With this win, Team USA evens up the all-time head-to-head record at three games apiece.

Team World have big 1st half but falter in 2nd

Luka Doncic nailed his heave from beyond half court to end the first half, giving Team World an 81-71 lead after two quarters.

After scoring 81 in the first half, Team World could only manage 50 in the second half.

Knicks' guard RJ Barrett was the team's biggest contributor with 27 points (11-17 FGs), 6 rebounds, 5 assists, and 3 steals. Five other Team World players scored in double figures led by Brandon Clarke's 22 points (11-15 FGs).

The Zion show

Despite playing just 10 games, 2019 No. 1 pick Zion Williamson was an easy selection for the Rising Stars game and he proved that during the game.

Six of his seven field goals were either dunks or alley-oops. In fact, on an alley-oop pass from Ja Morant, Williamson's dunk left the basket bent for the remaining couple of minutes of the first half.

Then, during the final minute of the game, once the result was already clear, Williamson further showed off his hops with some jaw-dropping dunk attempts (all misses).

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