CHARLOTTE — Offense dominated the working day and Crew United states of america won the Rising Stars video game around Crew Earth, 161-144, Friday night at Spectrum Centre in the opening levels of competition of All-Star Weekend.
Lakers guard Kyle Kuzma was named MVP of the video game performed at a dizzying pace, the 24-2nd shot clock almost never ticking to 16 right before the ball went up.
Kuzma scored a video game-significant 35 details and had 6 rebounds, although Celtics ahead Jayson Tatum extra 30 for Crew United states of america. Kuzma was 15 of 27 from the area in 22 minutes.
Previous Shiloh and Georgia Tech star Josh Okogie had 13 details, four rebounds and four helps for the Earth team.
“I performed in this video game previous 12 months and was definitely lackadaisical. I failed to want to do that once more,” Kuzma explained.
His teammates were impressed.
“He undoubtedly showed out tonight. Without his 35 we almost certainly eliminate,” Hawks guard Trae Youthful explained.
The once-a-year exhibition video game functions players in their to start with and 2nd seasons in the league.
Crew United states of america went up on the Earth team 132-121 with 7:35 left on Young’s 2nd 3-pointer in as a lot of possessions, and Knicks rookie Kevin Knox flushed a two-handed jam off a Youthful guiding-the-again dish 13 seconds later on to make a 134-121 edge.
Okogie’s 3-issue perform for the Earth made it a two-possession video game with 6:17 to go.
The breakneck, online video-video game pace may possibly have been blinding for basketball purists, with a turntable active for all 40 minutes and a modest level of defense utilized — even by All-Star Weekend expectations. No free of charge throws were tried in the to start with 50 percent.
“As you can see, not a great deal defense, fellas just want to get up and perform,” Earth guard Ben Simmons explained. “It can be superior to get out there and just get up and down with fellas you do not generally go up and down with.”
Simmons led the Earth with 28 details, hitting 14 of his 17 photographs.
Jazz ahead Donovan Mitchell made the game’s to start with free of charge throw with 2:30 left in the third quarter to comprehensive the and-1 perform.
Only a single severe defensive problem at the rim was made and it was an emphatic rejection by Brooklyn Nets ahead Jarrett Allen of the U.S. squad when Ben Simmons attacked in the paint.
Crew United states of america led 83-71 at halftime, shooting 62.1 percent from the area.
“It can be tough in these types of games and environments to regulate how to have enjoyment and contend,” Youthful explained, noting Crew United states of america was driven to snap a two-video game shedding streak to Crew Earth.
Kuzma and Tatum combined for 39 details in the to start with 50 percent.
–By Jeff Reynolds, Area Stage Media