After a stellar performance in Team USA's 157-154 win over Team World in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, Zach LaVine took home the game's MVP award Friday. The young Minnesota Timberwolves star led all scorers with 30 points.
Timberwolves PR shared a picture of LaVine as he accepted the award:
LaVine's All-Star Weekend got off to a solid start, and he will also defend his championship in the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday. CJ Fogler of The Cauldron provided a clip of a possible sneak peek:
This tic-tac-toe alley-oop to Zach LaVine deserved a replay pic.twitter.com/1IbHuzPbki— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 13, 2016
Bleacher Report shared an image from one of LaVine's many highlights:
Not only did LaVine lead his team to victory, but he also did so while besting his Timberwolves teammate, Andrew Wiggins, who was the game's MVP last year. That alone was motivation for LaVine to want the award, per James Herbert of CBS Sports:
Zach LaVine says he wants Rising Stars MVP because Wiggins won last year pic.twitter.com/o6alXlMAtv— James Herbert (@outsidethenba) February 12, 2016
Wiggins scored 29 points, and New York Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis matched LaVine's 30 points for the World squad. But it wasn't enough to get the win.
The second-year man out of UCLA continues to prove he's more than just a high-flyer. He's averaging 12.8 points in 24 minutes per game for the Timberwolves this year while shooting 43 percent from the floor.