Bogdan Bogdanovic. Photo via Wiki Commons

Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 26 points and was selected as MVP and fellow Sacramento Kings rookie guard Buddy Hield had 29 as Team World defeated Team USA, 155-124, Friday evening in the Rising Stars Challenge at Staples Center.

Boston Celtics second-year forward Jaylen Brown had a game-high 35 points for Team USA, with Los Angeles Lakers rookie forward Kyle Kuzma adding 20 in 18 minutes, 52 seconds off the bench.

The 6-foot-6-inch Bogdanovic was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft by the Phoenix Suns, the 27th overall selection. The Serbian native continued to play for the Turkish team Fenerbahce.

The Kings acquired Bogdanovic’s rights on June 23, 2016 and signed him on July 13, 2017. He is averaging 11.8 points per game.

The game, part of the NBA All-Star Weekend, matches a team of 10 first- and second-year players from the United States against 10 from outside the U.S.

The game marked the Lakers only representation during All-Star Weekend. Second-year forward Brandon Ingram, started for Team USA, scoring eight points in 12:07.

A third Laker was also voted into the game, rookie guard Lonzo Ball, but he was unable to play due to injury.

Players were selected in a vote by the league’s assistant coaches.

In a game with four lead changes and two ties, Team World led 40-32 at the end of the first quarter, 78-59 at halftime and 118-88 after three quarters.

Team World made 23 3-point baskets to 11 for Team USA.

“For the first 36, 37 minutes of the game, it was more competitive than it has been,” said Houston Rockets assistant Roy Rogers, who coached Team USA. “They were able to spread out and they made shots. Unfortunately, our shots didn’t fall.”

Rex Kalamian, the Toronto Raptors assistant who coached Team World, praised the play of Denver Nuggets Canadian guard Jamal Murray, who had 21 points and seven assists for Team World.

“Jamal Murray was really good with the ball and kind of surprised me with some really quick moves with the basketball in his hands.

— City News Service

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