Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
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Simmons scores Rising Stars win

Simmons scores Rising Stars win

"I don't think he's a shooter, I think he's a playmaker who can shoot". His first two campaigns were a wash, and he came close to calling it quits and heading back to his native Cameroon, according to Reid Forgrave of CBS Sports.

With a short Thursday slate of games under wraps, most of the National Basketball Association now prepare for All-Star Weekend, and Joel Embiid will look to take part in it once again, this time being part of the big game - chosen as a starter for Team Stephen. The previous three games were each decided by fewer than 10 points.

The 2016 Naismith Player of the Year and former No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, Hield is averaging 12.5 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 0.9 steals per game for Kings this season.

Fox was able to get 16 minutes of action as he recorded four points, two rebounds, and two assists for the night.

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and was selected as MVP and fellow Sacramento Kings rookie guard Buddy Hield had 29 as Team World defeated Team USA, 155-124, Friday evening in the Rising Stars Challenge at Staples Center.

His 76ers' teammates Ben Simmons and Dario Saric, along with Denver Nuggets Jamal Murray, Kings' Bogdan Bogdanovic and Buddy Hield and Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies are also on the World Team.

"I told him I would score on him", Bogdanovic said.

- The hometown Los Angeles Lakers have three teammates on the USA team with Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, and Brandon Ingram.

"I don't know what it is, but I want to get that".

The game was full of alley-oops and three-pointers while defence was nearly non-existent, a norm for such games.

“Its pretty cool any time youre mentioned with guys that are Hall of Famers or very important to this games history, ” Kuzma said. "I just kept shooting, and it felt good".

D'Marcus Simonds scored 21 points with nine rebounds before fouling out with a minute to go as the Panthers (19-8, 10-4) dropped their second straight after winning 10 in a row.

Embiid provided the third quarter's best highlight with a nimble spin move into a ferocious dunk while the World padded its lead out to 32 points in the third and 39 in the fourth. Brown and Atlanta's John Collins both threw down ferocious, acrobatic slams.

Utah Jazz rookie sensation Donovan Mitchell gave us an early preview of the dunk contest tomorrow by throwing an ally-oop pass to himself off the backboard in the first half.

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