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Murray, Hield, lead World past US

Published:Sunday | February 19, 2017 | 12:00 AM
World guard Jamal Murray (27) of the Denver Nuggets holds up his MVP trophy after the Rising Stars Challenge, part of NBA All-Star events in New Orleans on Friday.


Jamal Murray and Buddy Hield each had moments when they caught the ball in the low post, only to dribble right out to the corner, turn and let fly a 3-point shot.

Maybe not the most fundamental approach, but the way they were scoring in the Rising Stars Challenge, no one seemed to mind - certainly not the fans.

Murray had 36 points and 11 assists as the World squad beat the US 150-141 on Friday night. Hield, a New Orleans Pelicans rookie, added 28 points to the delight of the locals, who'll want to see more of that when the regular season resumes.

"I was feeling it. I was just playing within the game, and I wasn't trying to force it," Murray said.

The game, featuring top rookies and second-year pros, is the main event on the first night of NBA All-Star weekend. While the final score demonstrated the sport's global gains, both teams had their fair share of highlights.

Murray, a Canadian and Denver Nuggets rookie out of Kentucky, went 9 of 14 on 3-pointers and was voted the game's MVP.

"He got hot. Coach is like, 'Give Jamal the ball,'" Hield said.

Hield, a Bahamian, was 11-of-22 shooting overall, but just 3 of 12 from deep. Hield's regular season high is 21 points, but he's averaged fewer than nine points in an inconsistent first season out of Oklahoma.