CHICAGO (AP) – Miles Bridges gave a great start to the All-Star weekend.
And Zion Williamson did the same, even when his attempt to dump failed.
Bridges scored 20 points and won the Most Valuable Player award of the game, Eric Paschall added 23 and the US team beat the Rest of the World 151-131 on Friday in the Rising Star Game.
The first player to be chosen in the draft continued to dazzle after his long-awaited debut with New Orleans was delayed three months due to a knee operation. Averaging 22.1 points in 10 games with the Pelicans, the rookie delighted the fans with several incredible dives, as well as two impressive failed attempts in the final minutes.
Williamson attempted a dump with a full turn but the ball hit the ring. He made a second attempt while the players of both teams simply watched, in which he passed the ball between his legs in the air to the board, but failed again.
R.J. Barret de los Knicks led the rest of the world team with 27 units and Brandon Clarke of the Wizards had 22.
Kobe Bryant’s name was present from the beginning.
The players used patches with numbers 2 and 24 surrounded by nine stars in honor of the star of the Lakers and their daughter Gianna, who were among the nine people who died in a helicopter crash on January 26. Pau Gasol, along with the WNBA star Sue Bird, addressed the fans from the middle of the field as part of a tribute to Gasol’s former teammate and the late NBA commissioner David Stern.
With regard to the game, there were enough spectacular dumps, as expected, and little defense.
The fans cheered on the Slovenian star Luka Doncic of Dallas when he scored a triple from half court before the halftime rang, so that the Rest of the World went to the locker room with an advantage of 81-71.
In the third quarter, Miles Bridges of the Hornets turned the audience on when he threw the ball against the board and then stuck it, a period in which the United States took control of the game.