Chosen No. 1 in 2014 Draft, Canadian rookie claims MVP honors
POSTED: Feb 14, 2015 1:46 AM ET
World vs. USA
Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points and was named MVP as Team World topped Team USA 121-112 in the 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.
NEW YORK — Andrew Wiggins scored 22 points, Rudy Gobert added 18 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots, and the World team beat the U.S. 121-112 on Friday night in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend.
Wiggins, the No. 1 pick from Canada who plays for Minnesota, was chosen as the game's MVP.
Postgame: Andrew Wiggins
Andrew Wiggins addresses the media following Team World's 121-112 win over Team USA Friday night.
It was another new format for the opening game of All-Star weekend, which originated as a contest between teams of rookies, later turned into rookies against second-year players, and this year changed to the world against U.S. players.
Andrew Wiggins and the World Team talk about their win and sign autographs following the Rising Stars Game.
It looked like all the other versions, with lots of 1-on-1 play and little defense beyond Gobert, the French center who impressively stuffed Nets center Mason Plumlee late in the game with the World protecting a narrow lead.
Some of the dunks were impressive - all four contestants in Saturday's slam dunk contest were in Friday's game - but the play was spotty. Oladipo shot 8 for 21 and the teams combined for 51 turnovers.
Inside the NBA: Game Breakdown
The Inside the NBA crew breaks down the 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge following Team World's 121-112 win over Team USA.
Minnesota's Gorgui Dieng of Senegal finished with 14 points and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo of Greece had 12 points and 10 rebounds for the World. He's in the dunk contest Saturday along with LaVine, Oladipo and Plumlee.
Utah's Trey Burke scored 17 points for the U.S. and Plumlee had 13 points and nine rebounds.