Kings lead World past U.S. 155-124 in Rising Stars game

World guard Bogdan Bogdanovich had 26 points on the back of seven of 13 three-point attempts and six assists to be named game MVP.

"I mean, it's up to him how good he wants to be".

Celtics wing Jaylen Brown scored a game-high 35 points, and Kyle Kuzma added 20 for the U.S.

His Team World clobbered Team USA 155-124 behind the Bogdanovic-Hield tagteam. "Bogie likes the big stage".

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The NBA's best players have arrived in Hollywood for a star-studded All-Star weekend.

Bogdanovic has scored at least 29 FanDuel points in each of the last three games.

Philadelphia's Ben Simmons also was sharp in his rookie debut in the game, with the Aussie No. 1 pick contributing 11 points, 13 assists, six rebounds and four steals while catalyzing the World's offense.

"Once I played in my first game, I figured out I was going to be one of the best players in the league, if not the best player in the league", he said.

The game matches a team of 10 first- and second-year players from the United States against 10 from outside the U.S. Players were selected in a vote by the league's assistant coaches.

Markkanen will continue to participate in NBA All-Star weekend and will compete in the NBA Skills Challenge on Saturday at 6 p.m., which will be televised on TNT. If he's trying to get this started as a new trend, I'm on board. Justin Bieber tried to bring the handles as the point guard for Team Lakers, but struggled to bring much else.

YouTube sensation Rachel DeMita brought her "A" game as well, knocking down a couple of three-pointers and finishing inside easily to rack up 17 points for herself.

Although the Kings don't have any players in Sunday's All-Star Game, and some of the organization's most, uh, hard moments took place here in the Staples Center, the Lakers' Northern California rivals were well-represented Friday night. You've got bigs that really spread the floor, and it allows the small guys to spread the paint.

No one would accuse Joel Embiid of lacking confidence. Everyone of the players was able to score in their 20ish minutes each. John Collins, the powerful finished from the Atlanta Hawks, was the final double-digit scorer with 11.

Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr. also warmed up for their participation in Saturday's dunk contest with a couple of nasty slams in the first half.

  • Stacy Allen