NBA All-Star 2018: Three takeaways from NBA Rising Stars Challenge

The World team took home its fourth straight Rising Stars Challenge with a 155-124 victory over the U.S. Friday in Los Angeles.
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The World team won the event by getting the 3-point competition a day early.

Kings guard and Game MVP Bogdan Bogdanovic led all players with seven 3-pointers made and the World team knocked down 23 treys in the game.

Brown was a key part of the Celtics attack in the postseason last year, but he was clearly out there for energy and wasn’t expected to truly produce offensively. He still had a lot of work to do both in the offense and with his shooting.

He has made leaps and bounds this season in both areas though and it was unmistakable Friday. Brown finished with a game-high 35 points with 10 rebounds. He also went 3 for 8 from 3-point range. He is shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc Womens Robbie Ray Jersey this year, up a good bit from last season, while taking three more per game. Brad Stevens has done a great job with the youngster and the sky appears to be the limit on his potential.

It’s fun, man. Adversity is great, Westbrook said, via ESPN. Me personally, I love adversity. It gives you an opportunity to bring your teammates together, bring everybody together and look forward to positive things. Throughout the season, there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs, but we never flinch. That’s one thing about this organization, about our team: We never flinch based on what’s going on. We always stay together.

Westbrook, who finished with 36 points and nine assists, acknowledged the Thunder’s costly turnovers but couldn’t deny the defensive errors and improvements that need to be made.

I’m most concerned about that defensively, to be honest, is our 3-point defense, Westbrook added. I’m really, really concerned about that. You want to protect the deep paint, and you don’t want to give up layups, but when the ball gets kicked back out, we have got to have more urgency to run people off the line.
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Teammate and forward Carmelo Anthony echoed Westbrook’s optimism, saying the team remains confident amid their slump.

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