LaVine shines as USA beat Team World

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine scored 30 points as team USA beat Team World 157-154 in Friday Night’s Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto.

In what is the first NBA All-Star weekend to take place outside of United States, LaVine outscored his Minnesota team-mate and last year’s Rising Stars Challenge MVP, Andrew Winnings to win this year’s award.

“He got it last year, I got it this year,” said LaVine after the game.

“We won this year, so I think it came down to whatever team won.”

For Wiggins, who scored 29 points on the opposing team, this year’s event is something of a homecoming.

“It felt great. I got to play in front of a lot of people I haven’t seen in a long time,” said Wiggins. “My family and friends got to watch it. It’s great being back.”

Number one pick in last year’s draft and the favourite to win the Rookie of the Year award Karl-Anthony Towns, another Timberwolves player, scored 18 points and dragged down seven rebounds for Team USA.

LaVine, meanwhile, will be trying to defend his Slam Dunk Contest title on Saturday night.

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