NBA All-Star Friday night: Canadians not named Bieber win big

Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell drives up court in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Salt Lake City. Mitchell and Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons the leading rookie of the yea

Mitchell will also compete in Saturday's dunk contest and certainly has a good chance of winning if Friday is any indication. They came for local favorites Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Mitchell couldn't contain his own praise of Simmons before the Rising Stars Challenge Friday. 2018 marks the fourth consecutive year in which a US team faces a World team. Shooting guard Buddy Hield of the Bahamas scored a team-high 29 points on 12-for-22 shooting, while teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic of Serbia poured in 26 points on 9-for-16 shooting in 22 minutes off the World bench on his way to game MVP honors. Of course, there will be other factors at play like effort levels (especially on defense) and playing time (actual All-Star Embiid might not get too many).

The 6-foot-6-inch Bogdanovic was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Phoenix Suns, the 27th overall selection. He chose Simmons, who played for the World Team.

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The Kings acquired Bogdanovic's rights on June 23, 2016 and signed him on July 13, 2017.

The sharpshooter is averaging 11.5 points as a rookie with the Kings this year and has become a vital contributor to their team.

The World raced to a 78-59 lead by halftime and were never headed. Simmons missed out on selection to Sunday's All-Star game - he didn't secure enough of the fan vote, and was not voted in by coaches - but the Australian said he had moved on from being left out, adding he understood that it's tough to be selected as a rookie. "Unfortunately, our shots didn't fall". Canadian Jamal Murray joined in on some of the three-point action as well, making three of his own from deep and collecting 21 points, seven assists and six rebounds. "I think it's really cool to be up there with those guys, but at the end of the day, it means a lot to get stats, but I just wanna win". He scored a game-high 35 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the USA Team. Justin Bieber tried to bring the handles as the point guard for Team Lakers, but struggled to bring much else. Afterwards, the night was capped off with the leagues youngest players, both domestic and worldwide, who put on a show for fans in the US versus World game.

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