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World wins BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

Canada's Andrew Wiggins, chosen No. 1 in 2014 Draft, takes MVP honors after dropping 22 points in 121-112 victory over USA

POSTED: Feb 19, 2015 11:19 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.

> 2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge
Final: World 121, USA 112

NEW YORK (AP) -- 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.

Brooklyn's Bojan Bogdanovic of Croatia, playing on his home court, and Chicago's Nikola Mirotic from Montenegro each added 16 points for the World.

Postgame: Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins addresses the media following Team World's 121-112 win over Team USA Friday night.

Orlando's Victor Oladipo and Zach LaVine of Minnesota each scored 22 points for the U.S. team in the game between rookies and second-year players.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

U.S. Team Roster

Trey Burke (Jazz)
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons)
Robert Covington (76ers)
Zach LaVine (Timberwolves)
Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves)
Nerlens Noel (76ers)
Victor Oladipo (Magic)
Elfrid Payton (Magic)
Mason Plumlee (Nets)
Cody Zeller (Hornets)
^ Michael Carter-Williams (76ers)
Head Coach: Alvin Gentry (Warriors)

^ injured, will not play in game

World Team Roster

Giannis Antetokounmpo (Bucks)
Bojan Bogdanovic (Nets)
Matthew Dellavedova (Cavaliers)
Gorgui Dieng (Timberwolves)
Dante Exum (Jazz)
Rudy Gobert (Jazz)
Nikola Mirotic (Bulls)
Kostas Papanikolaou (Rockets)
Dennis Schroder (Hawks)
Andrew Wiggins (Timberwolves)
^Steven Adams (Thunder)
^ Jusuf Nurkic (Nuggets)
^ Kelly Olynyk (Celtics)
Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson, Hawks

^ injured, did not play in game

Recent Rising Stars Event History

2014 - Drummond leads Team Hill to Rising Stars win
2013 - Faried named MVP as Team Chuck rolls
2012 - Irving leads Team Chuck to win
2011 - College teammates Wall, Cousins lead Rooks to victory
2010 - Rooks break Sophomore string
2009 - Durant keeps Sophomore streak alive
2008 - Gibson's triples lifts Sophomores
2007 - Lee perfect in Sophomore win

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