Kyle Kuzma and Jayson Tatum, the eaves of the Lakers and the Celtics, had a mission and met it. It was about returning the scepter to the United States team in the Emerging Stars game with which It opened in Charlotte on the All Star weekend. They made it. The United States prevailed with authority, 161-144, and took revenge for the bulky defeat, 155-124, which reaped a year ago in Los Angeles before the selection of the Rest of the World.
U.S: Fox (2), Mitchell (20), Tatum (30), Kuzma (35), John Collins (12) – initial team-; Jarrett Allen (2), Bagley (14), Jaren Jackson (10), Knox (11) and Trae Young (25).
Rest of the world: Simmons (28), Doncic (13), Bogdanovic (15), Markkanen (21), Ayton (15) – initial team-; Anunoby (12), Gilgeous-Alexander (15), Kurucs (10), Okogie (13) and Osman (2).
Partial: 40-30, 43-41, 40-46 and 38-27.
Spectrum Center of Charlotte. 19,077 spectators.
Kyle Kuzma was designated the MVP of the match. The 23-year-old Lakers player was the top scorer of the match with 35 points, plus six rebounds and two assists.
Luka Doncic He was one of those who attracted the most anticipation. The Slovenian Mavericks player, who turns 20 on February 28, is making an extraordinary first season in the NBA. But it did not stand out especially in a game in which it is already traditional that the players do not compete with excessive intensity. Doncic had 13 points, nine assists, five rebounds and two steals in 24 minutes. In the Rest of the World team stood out Ben Simmons, with 28 points and six assists, and Markkannen, with 21 points.
It is rumored in Charlotte that Doncic could be called at the last minute to replace Anthony Davis in the All Star this Sunday. The New Orleans star was injured in a game his team won on Friday at Oklahoma City (131-122). Doncic, for now, will also participate this Saturday in the Skills Contest.
The United States team dominated from start to finish. In addition to Kuzma, Tatum stood out with 30 points and nine rebounds, and Trae Young, the base who traded Dallas and Atlanta in the draft, with 25 points and 10 assists. The number one of the 'draft', the base of Sacramento De'Aaron Fox only scored two points, but delivered 16 assists. Another of the players who stood out was John Collins, the wing-pítvot of Atlanta Hawks, who added 12 points but almost all after a spectacular display of mates, as if he was preparing the contest in which he will participate this Saturday.
The match between the most outstanding players of the first and second year is disputed in this format since 2015 with three victories for Rest of the World and two for the United States.
Contests of Triples, Mates and Skills
Saturday 8:00 p.m. (Sunday, 2.00, Spanish time)
Skills. Mike Conley (Memphis), Luka Doncic (Dallas), De'Aaron Fox (Sacramento), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Kyle Kuzma (Lakers), Jayson Tatum (Boston), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando) and Trae Young (Atlanta).
Triples: Devin Booker (Phoenix), Seth Curry (Portland), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Danny Green (Toronto), Joe Harris (Brooklyn), Buddy Hield (Sacramento), Damian Lillard (Portland), Khris Middleton (Milwaukee) , Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte).
Math. Miles Bridges (Charlotte), John Collins (Atlanta), Hamidou Diallo (Oklahoma City) and Dennis Smith (New York).
Sunday 20.00 (Monday, 03.00, Spanish time)
Team LeBron. Five starting: LeBron James (Lakers), Kevin Durant (Golden State), Kyrie Irving (Boston), Kawhi Leonard (Toronto) and James Harden (Houston). Substitutes: Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Damian Lillard (Portland), Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City), LaMarcus Aldridge (San Antonio), Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota), Bradley Beal (Washington) and Dwyane Wade (Miami). Coach: Michael Malone (Denver).
Team Giannis. Initial team: Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee), Stephen Curry (Golden State), Joel Embiid (Philadelphia), Paul George (Oklahoma City) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte). Substitutes: Khris Middleton (Milwaukee), Nikola Jokic (Denver), Ben Simmons (Philadelphia), Blake Griffin (Detroit), DAngelo Russell (Brooklyn), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando), Kyle Lowry (Toronto) and Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas). Coach: Mike Budenholzer (Milwaukee).