Porzingis leads the euro-charge as World beat USA

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Aris Barkas

18/Feb/17 11:15


Kristaps Porzingis scored 30 in last year’s Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto and followed up that performance with a 24-point night in New Orleans on Friday evening

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

“I know what to expect,” Porzingis stated. “I know what type of game it’s going to be, but this year I wanted to win. Last year we lost as the World Team. This year we got the win.”

Powered by Porzingis, Buddy Hield (28 points), and Jamal Murray’s MVP (36 points) outing, the World team exacted revenge from last year’s defeat in the 150-134 victory. Along with the 24 points on 68 percent shooting from the floor, the Latvian sensation also snagged 10 boards in just 23 minutes.

Serb Nikola Jokic flirted with the triple double (12 p., 11 r, 8 as.), Croatian Dario Saric scored 17 points as the both of them and Porzingis were starters. Spaniard Alex Abrines come from the bench and had 3 points, his compatriote Willy Hernangomez had 2 points and 6 rebounds, while Lithuanian Domantas Sabonis scored 10 points.