As is the expectation with All-Star weekend, the NBA Rising Stars game was full of lots of three-pointers (106 total), showtime dunks (Jaylen Brown with the between-the-legs jam), and of course, no defense (James Harden would be proud).
He'll also play in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge on Saturday. Team World went 23-56 from behind the arc, which ended up being the big difference in the game.
Hield scored 29 points with five 3-pointers, and his Sacramento Kings teammate won the MVP award with 26 points and seven 3-pointers in the World team's 155-124 victory over the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night.
The trade left Friday's Rising Stars Challenge as the only All-Star Weekend event with Laker participation.
The Boston Celtics Center Jaylen Brown, who played for the Team USA in the game, scored the game high 35 points, while Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield took 29 points for the Team World. But even in the backcourt, Simmons is a big point guard who can wreak havoc on the game with his sheer length and athleticism. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year in which a US team faces a World team.More news: UAE enter World Cup qualifiers
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The sharpshooter is averaging 11.5 points as a rookie with the Kings this year and has become a vital contributor to their team.
"For the first 36, 37 minutes of the game, it was more competitive than it has been", said Houston Rockets assistant Roy Rogers, who coached Team USA.
Still, it's disappointing to think the No. 1 and No. 2 overall picks won't be participants in the Rising Stars Challenge, especially with the latter showing signs of All-Star potential in his rookie campaign.
The Team Lakers roster included singer Justin Bieber, who scored four points, Basketball Hall of Fame member Tracy McGrady, who scored three, actor Michael B. Jordan, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea and Los Angeles Sparks forward-center Candace Parker, who were all scoreless.