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Zach LaVine leads team US to victory in Rising Stars Challenge - Friday night All-Star round-up

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Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine was named BBVA Rising Stars Challenge MVP after posting 30 points for team US in a 157-154 win over team World. 

The sophomore, who was selected 13th in the 2014 draft, shot 13-of-20 from the field and posted seven rebounds and four assists as the United States took the win in Toronto, on a night full of entertainment as the best first and second years in the NBA put on a show.

LaVine recorded his first points of the night just 90 seconds into the first half with a dunk off of Marcus Smart's assist. That put the USA 11-7 up after Jordan Clarkson caught fire early on with consecutive threes. 

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The LA Lakers sophomore was the second highest scorer for the victors; finishing with 25 points off eight-of-20 from the field, including five threes.

Clarkson's teammate D'Angelo Russell came up big off the bench, scoring 22 in just 16 minutes. As did Phoenix Suns shooting guard Devin Booker who exploded for 23 points off 9-of-13.

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A high scoring first half ended with the US up 88-79, but the World came back with Kristaps Porzingis, Emmanuel Mudiay, and home favourite Andrew Wiggins leading the charge. 

Porzingis and Mudiay both finished with 30 points, the Denver Nuggets rookie also recorded 10 assists. While Toronto native Wiggins shot 86% percent to finish with 29.

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Croatian rookie, Mario Hezonja, was closely guarding teammate Elfrid Payton while they shared the court, and the Orlando Magic players engaged in back and forth throughout the night.

Hezonja finished with a double-double of 19 points and 10 rebounds while Payton was limited to zero points and the solitary rebound. Although, he only took two shots. 

Two Wiggins free-throws with 49 seconds remaining cut the gap to three, but it was the closest the World came to catching their opponents.

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2016

Clarkson was sent to the line by Dwight Powell and hit both. A Jabari Parker cutting dunk put the US up by five with 14 seconds to go, and the World could not recover. 

Across Toronto at the Ricoh Coliseum, team Canada, led by Drake, beat Kevin Hart and the USA 74-64.

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Four-time MVP, Hart,assumed his new position on the sideline and watched his team make the perfect start as actor Jason Sudeikis banked a three - his first of 11 first-half points as he lit up the celebrity game.

Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler finished with 15 points and was named 2016 MVP. Tracy McGrady had 18. Tennis star Milos Raonic also showed his dunking skills just before half-time with an impressive two-handed slam. 

Drama ensued in the third quarter when Hart entered the action, but the comedian could not do much to turn around team USA's fortunes as Drake took the win in his home city.

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LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Eastern Conference
Minnesota Timberwolves
Northwest Division
Jabari Parker
Milwaukee Bucks
Central Division
Zach LaVine
Karl-Anthony Towns
Phoenix Suns
Mario Hezonja
Orlando Magic
Southeast Division
Southwest Division
Dallas Mavericks
Atlantic Division
Kristaps Porzingis
New York Knicks
Jordan Clarkson
D'Angelo Russell
Elfrid Payton
Dwight Powell
Devin Booker
Andrew Wiggins

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