Lakers' D'Angelo Russell: Scores 22 points for U.S. team in Rising Stars Challenge
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:45 pm ET) Russell tallied 22 points (9-15 FG), seven assists, two steals, and one rebound across 16 minutes during the United States' 157-154 win over the World Squad in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

After closing out the first half with 16- and 15-point efforts against the Pacers and Cavaliers, respectively, Russell continued to find his scoring touch in Friday's showcase, though his production didn't exactly come against lock-down defense. Nonetheless, Russell was supremely productive and efficient while playing only 16 minutes Friday, but as has been the case for much of this season, he was forced to give way to Lakers teammate Jordan Clarkson in crunch time.


Lakers' Jordan Clarkson: Scores 25 points in Rising Stars Challenge
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:37 pm ET) Clarkson produced 25 points (8-20 FG, 5-14 3Pt), five rebounds, five assists, and four steals during the United States squad's 157-154 triumph over the World team in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Clarkson was one of four players on the United States team to record 20 or more points, but he faded late in the contest. After knocking down four of his first five three-point tries, he only connected on one of nine attempts from downtown over the remainder of the game.


Suns' Devin Booker: Scores 23 points in Rising Stars Challenge
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(1:33 pm ET) Booker scored 23 points (9-13 FG, 5-8 3Pt) and added one rebound and a steal for the United States squad in their 157-154 triumph over the World team in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

A late addition to the game as a replacement for the injured Nerlens Noel (knee), Booker might have actually been a better fit for the United States squad, as the wide-open, defense-optional nature of the contest was well suited for the shooting guard's skill set. Booker, who will also compete in Saturday's 3-Point Shootout contest, gave the Toronto crowd a preview of what's to come by knocking down more than half his shots from the outside.


Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins: Scores 29 points in Rising Stars Challenge
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(1:25 pm ET) Wiggins tallied 29 points (13-15 FG), five assists, and two rebounds for the World squad in their 157-154 loss to the United States team in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Wiggins, who grew up in Vaughn, Ontario, received the most cheers of any player from the Toronto crowd when he was introduced, but that groundswell of support wasn't enough to carry him and the World squad to a victory. The 20-year-old was joined by the Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis (30 points) and the Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay (30 points) in spearheading the World's offensive attack, but after winning MVP honors in last season's game in New York, Wiggins ultimately watched Timberwolves teammate Zach LaVine (30 points) take home that trophy for the U.S. squad this time around.


Nuggets' Emmanuel Mudiay: Scores 30 points, dishes out 10 assists in Rising Stars Challenge
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:09 pm ET) Mudiay tallied 30 points (12-20 FG, 5-10 3Pt), 10 assists, three steals, three rebounds, and a block for the World squad in their 157-154 loss to the United States team during Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

It was a rare display of efficiency from Mudiay, who has shot just 34 percent from the floor and 27.2 percent from three-point range in 40 games for the Nuggets this season. However, much of Mudiay's points came against a United States defense that could best be described as apathetic, so there's not really much to clean from this performance. The rookie will likely continue to get all the minutes he can handle for the rebuilding Nuggets in the second half, but he'll be a drain in the percentage categories while providing one of the poorer assist-to-turnover ratios of any starting point guard.


Knicks' Kristaps Porzingis: Scores 30 for World squad in Rising Stars Challenge
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(1:01 pm ET) Porzingis poured in 30 points (12-16 FG) to go with five rebounds, four assists, and one block for the World squad in their loss to the United States team in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge.

Porzingis missed out on getting a second block in the closing seconds of the game, as fellow rookie Karl-Anthony Towns dunked over the Latvian sensation to give the U.S. squad an insurmountable five-point lead. Aside from that, Porzigis otherwise was at the forefront of a balanced World scoring attack that included a 30-point effort from Emmanuel Mudiay and a 29-point showing from Andrew Wiggins.


Timberwolves' Zach LaVine: Claims MVP honors in Rising Stars Challenge
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(12:47 pm ET) LaVine took home MVP honors in Friday's Rising Stars Challenge in Toronto, scoring 30 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists while leading the United States team to a 157-154 victory over the World squad.

As has been tradition since the inception of the event, the Rising Stars Challenge didn't feature much defense, as both squads chased highlights and hoisted three-pointers with reckless abandon. That kind of contest suited LaVine, one of the league's most athletic players, just fine, as he hit 13 of his 20 shot attempts while giving the Toronto fans a preview of what's to come Saturday night. The second-year guard will be back on the court to defend the Slam Dunk Contest title he won at last season's All-Star Game in New York.


Bucks' Greivis Vasquez: Expects to be ready in three to four weeks
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(11:21 am ET) Vasquez (ankle) expects to be ready in three to four weeks, Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports reports.

Vasquez had stopped using crutches in early January and hoped to be back by the end of the month after having ankle surgery in mid-December, but it appears that he underestimated his recovery time quite a bit. This new timetable moves his return date to some time in early March.


Hawks' Walter Tavares: Recalled by Hawks
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/12/2016) Tavares was recalled from the D-League on Friday, Chris Vivlamore of the AJC reports.

After being assigned to the D-League earlier in the week, Tavares was recalled by the Hawks on Friday--the first day of the All-Star break. Whether on not he will stick with the Hawks through the break remains to be seen, but there could be reserve minutes available if Tiago Splitter undergoes surgery on his injured hip.


Warriors' Jason Thompson: Mired in limited role
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
(2/12/2016) Thompson has seen only a limited role off the bench for Golden State through the first half of the season.

Thompson came over from Philadelphia this summer after spending the first seven years of his career in Sacramento. He was a regular starter for the Kings, but the 29-year-old has taken on a drastically reduced role for the Warriors, appearing in only 26 games and averaging 6.6 minutes per game on the season. Even with Festus Ezeli (knee) out for several weeks, Thompson's role is not likely to change, barring another injury to the likes of Andrew Bogut or Marreese Speights.


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