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first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu01:04Maguindanao massacre case: Mangudadatu upbeat on conviction of perpetratotrs02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ This was the fifth year of the U.S. vs. World format; the World now leads the all-time series, 3-2.All 10 players on the World team hailed from a different nation, and four different continents were represented. And eight of the players in this year’s game were also in last year’s event — Mitchell, Collins, Tatum, Kuzma and Fox for the U.S.; Markkanen, Simmons and 2018 game MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic were repeaters for the World side.NBA FEELNowitzki and the World coaching staff from the Denver Nuggets largely stayed seated the whole game, while Irving worked the sideline like an actual NBA coach would — even running time-outs, working alongside the Milwaukee Bucks’ staff. Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell, Phoenix’s Devin Booker and San Antonio’s Danny Green were at the game, and Minnesota’s Karl-Anthony Towns was courtside in a World jersey to represent for his Okogie, his Timberwolves teammate.SOMBER MOMENTA pregame moment of silence was held immediately before the Canadian and U.S. national anthems in honor of the victims of the shooting in the Chicago suburb of Aurora, Illinois earlier Friday. Both teams shot 55 percent. The difference was on 3s — the U.S. was 21 for 51, while the World was 16 for 52.The mood from the outset was predictably light, even including the pregame speeches from U.S. coach Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics and World coach Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks.“I want us to share the ball and not one guy dribble it 20 times and hoist something up — like Luka does with the Mavs,” Nowitzki said, laughing a bit at his own joke.Irving’s message was succinct.“Just have some fun,” Irving said. “It’s OK to compete.”Doncic talked Phoenix’s DeAndre Ayton out of taking the opening tap for the World team, with the young Mavs star jumping against Fox instead of having either center handle the honors. Young was throwing an alley-oop lob to Atlanta teammate John Collins for a 360-degree dunk in one possession, then crossing over Josh Okogie in almost comical fashion on the next.“We gotta play some defense,” Mitchell implored teammates at one point.It was unclear if anyone ever actually listened to his plea.There was one foul called in the entire first half, Markkanen getting whistled for it with 4:13 remaining until halftime. The first half saw 25 dunks and 20 3-pointers in 20 minutes — the sides played 10-minute quarters. Late in the half, Collins flashed a crossover dribble, then underhand-tossed a pass off the backboard to himself for a dunk that had players on both sides reacting in mock disbelief.FORMAT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next U.S. Team’s Kyle Kuzma, of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the MVP trophy after the NBA All-Star Rising Stars basketball game between the World Team and the U.S. Team, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The U.S. Team won 161-144. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When the likes of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma, Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Boston’s Jayson Tatum get to the NBA All-Star Game and partake in what’s become the preferred run-and-fun style where defense is discouraged at virtually all costs, this much is clear.They’ll be ready.ADVERTISEMENT Staying positive Tatum added 30 points in the game for first- and second-year players that was known for years as the Rookie Game. Atlanta’s Trae Young finished with 25 points and 10 assists, Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox had 15 assists and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell added 20 points, nine assists and seven rebounds.Everyone looked happy afterward.The U.S. squad had a bit more reason to look that way.“There’s a $25,000 bonus for winning the game,” Kuzma said. “So that’s good.”Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons led the World team with 28 points on 14 for 17s hooting. Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen had 21 points for the World squad, and Dallas’ Luka Doncic had 13 points and nine assists.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View comments Dunks, layups, 3-pointers and little else. That was the playsheet for the Rising Stars game Friday night, one where Kuzma led all scorers with 35 points on the way to MVP honors and the U.S. team defeated the World squad 161-144 on the floor that the All-Stars will be using on Sunday night.Tatum added 30 points for the U.S. The teams combined for 37 3-pointers, 55 dunks and shot a combined 12 free throws.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Last year, the World team kicked our butts,” Kuzma said. “They came in here and beat us by 30. A lot of us kind of remembered that.”It was 31, actually — 155-124, not that it matters. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIESlast_img

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