World team beat the US in exciting match-up…
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The World team defeated the U.S. 121-112 with Chicago Bulls star Nikola Mirotic and Brooklyn Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic each adding 16 points apiece to help seal the win.
Orlando’s Victor Oladipo and Minnesota Timberwolves starlet Zach LaVine each scored 22 points for the US team in the game between rookies and second-year players.
The new format ultimately was a success as the interest generated in the game generally increased with the US players facing the best internationals, and it is something that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver may well consider for the actual All-Star Game moving forward.
While there was still little defense and essentially the game turned into a dunking contest at times, there was an element of pride involved as both teams began to play a little harder down the stretch to get the result.
Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo had 12 points and 10 rebounds and was arguably over-intense in the opening stages of the game when he hit Mason Plumlee with a foul that had the players laughing after.
Nevertheless, it was a generally fun game to watch with an edge of competitiveness as fans at the Barclays Center were also treated to a preview of the Dunk Contest with the likes of Oladipo and LaVine throwing down some huge jams along the way.