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.
USA Team wins and Miles Bridges receives the #NBARisingStars MVP! #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/7be4Z11sdX- 2020 NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) February 15, 2020
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.
🏆 #NBARisingStars MVP @MilesBridges puts up 20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST en route to the USA Team victory! pic.twitter.com/BvjgkCuPYG- NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2020
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:
Alright bet pic.twitter.com/ORGCh4F9Zp- Miles Bridges (@MilesBridges) February 15, 2020
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.
🚨💫 L U K A 💫🚨#NBARisingStars on TNT pic.twitter.com/W5uFWx14tM- NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2020
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.
💥 @Zionwilliamson PUNISHES the rim on his way to 14 PTS in #NBARisingStars! pic.twitter.com/z2NEK2GTCA- NBA (@NBA) February 15, 2020
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).
Each of these dunk attempts deserve a 50 😷- Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 15, 2020
Especially the misses. pic.twitter.com/Rz3Ycb36ul
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