NEW ORLEANS, Feb.17 (Xinhua) -- Jamal Murray scored 36 points as the World squad beat the U.S. 150-141 on Friday night in the 2017 All Star Rising Stars Challenge.
"I wouldn't say out of my mind, but I was feeling it. I was just playing within the game, and I wasn't trying to force it. I was trying to find my teammates and make sure everybody have fun. So I had a lot of fun. I'm sure we got the "W." It was good for everybody. So I was just playing," Murray said after the game.
Murray, a Canadian and Denver Nuggets rookie, went 9 of 14 on 3-pointers and was voted the game's MVP. Buddy Hield added 28 points for the World team. Latvian Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks added 24 points.
"It was a lot of fun. It means a lot to play in New Orleans. I know the city out here, everybody is embracing it, embracing the vibe, the atmosphere, and just try to go out there and give the fans something good to watch," said Hield, a New Orleans Pelicans rookie.
Frank Kaminsky of the Charlotte Hornets scored 27 for the U.S. team and Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points.