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LaVine named MVP of rising stars game

TORONTO -- Forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the U.S. team held off the World team 157-154 on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

TORONTO - Forward Zach LaVine scored 30 points and grabbed seven rebounds and the U.S. team held off the World team 157-154 on Friday night in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge.

LaVine was picked as the game MVP.

Forward Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 points for the World, 21 in the second half, and World guard Emmanuel Mudiay also had 30 points while dishing out 10 assists.

The game is part of the events leading to the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at Air Canada Centre.

Guard Jordan Clarkson added 25 points for the United States, guard Devin Booker had 23 and guard D’Angelo Russell had 22 while center Karl-Anthony Towns had 18.

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Andrew Wiggins added 29 points for the World and guard/forward Mario Hezonja had 19 points and 10 rebounds while center Nikola Jokic had 12 points and eight rebounds. Reserve forward/center Dwight Powell contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds.

The game was played in 20-minute halves.

The teams scored at will as the game opened with a free-wheeling pace.

The World team led 28-23 with 14:32 to play in the first half when the game had its first time out and Toronto-native Wiggins, the NBA rookie of the year in 2015 who received a big ovation during the introductions, had six points for the World team while Mudiay had 10 already for the World. Clarkson had 12 for the U.S. team.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Booker pushed the U.S. team into a 62-58 lead. The United States had the lead at 10 with 3:14 to play in the first half on another 3-pointer that gave Booker 18 points.

The U.S. team led 88-79 at the end of the first half. Mudiay led all scorers with 21 first-half points on 9-for-11 shooting and added seven assists. Hezonja had 16 points off the bench for the World and Wiggins had 14.

Clarkson’s 19 points led the U.S. team at the half while Booker had 18 off the bench and LaVine had 15.

The U.S. team shot 63.2 percent from the floor in the first half and the World hit 65.5 percent of its shots.

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Porzingis hit a pair of 3-pointers and had eight points in the first five minutes of the second half but the U.S. team still led by 11. He had nine points in the first half.

Another 3-pointer by Porzingis had the World within five points with 10 minutes to play in the second half.

The lead was down to three points on consecutive buckets by Jokic with about six minutes to play but the U.S. team was ahead by seven within the next minute on a pair of layups by Towns.

Wiggins hit two free throws with 49 seconds left to trim the lead to three points.

The Word shot 60.4 percent from the floor and the U.S. team shot 56 percent.

The Wolves had three players in the game, all 20 years old. They were G/F Wiggins of the World team and U.S. team members C Towns and G LaVine.

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