NEW ORLEANS: Canada’s Jamal Murray made three straight from beyond the arc in the final three minutes to power the World team to a 150-141 win over the US squad in the Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday (Saturday in Manila).
Murray, who plays for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, scored 27 of his team-high 36 points in the second half at the Smoothie King Center arena.
The international team was also led by New Orleans Pelicans guard Buddy Hield, a native of the Bahamas, who had 28 points, and New York Knicks center Kristaps Porzingis, a native of Latvia, who added 24.
The US team was led by Charlotte Hornets center Frank Kaminsky with 33 points and Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns with 24.
This was the third year the teams of first- and second-year players were divided up on the basis of US versus international. The US and World split the first two games.
There were a record 113 international players on opening-night rosters for the 2016-17 NBA regular season.