Hawks’ Young shines in Rising Stars Challenge

Credit: Streeter Lecka

Credit: Streeter Lecka

Hawks’ John Collins and Trae Young were part of Team USA’s 161-144 win over Team World in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend Friday night in Charlotte.

Young had 25 points, on 9 of 19 shooting, and 10 assists as the rookie guard started the second half. He had six 3-pointers in 23 minutes.

Collins had 12 points, on 6 of 7 shooting, and two rebounds in 14 minutes as the second-year forward started for Team USA. Collins had several highlight worthy dunks, including one on a self-pass off the backboard and a 360 degree slam on an assist from Young.

Timberwolves rookie Josh Okogie, who played at Georgia Tech, had 13 points, four rebounds and four assists as part of Team World.

Team USA snapped a two-game losing streak in the exhibition. The Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma had a game-high 35 points and was named MVP to lead Team USA and the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum added 20 points. The 76ers’ Ben Simmons led Team World with 28 points.

The All-Star Weekend will continue for the two young Hawks players. Collins will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest and Young will compete in the Skills Challenge as part of All-Star Saturday Night.