World Team triumphs in Rising Stars, Exum & Dellavedova rep Down Under

It certainly wasn't expected, but the World Team clinched a victory against the US rookie/sophomore crew in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 121-112.

Jazz center Rudy "Stifle Tower" Gobert shone and seemed to be a shoo-in for MVP with highlight blocks and dunks (18 points on 7/10, 12 rebounds and 3 blocks), but teammate Andrew Wiggins took the trophy home by leading the World Team with 22 points (8/11), 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 1 block.

ICYMI: First half highlights video and second half highlights video

Post by NBA Australia.

Feels a little like a video game watching @matthewdelly & @daanteee get introduced at #BBVACompassRisingStars game! pic.twitter.com/3YS1ecusD0

— Jason Bennett (@Aussies_Abroad) February 14, 2015

Aussie guards Matthew Dellavedova and Dante Exum made their debut appearances on the All-Star scene this year, and had similar stat lines in this game. They scored 4 points apiece, and clocked similar minutes (16:59 Delly, 16:40 Exum), assists (2 Delly, 3 Exum), and rebounds (4 Delly, 3 Exum).

When asked about playing with Delly, Exum responded with warmth.

Oh yeah. I always love playing with Delly. The Australian style of basketball, sharing the ball. I know we did that today. I found him for a three-point shot, but he missed it and he said sorry (laughs). - post-game via Darrel Wilson

Exum also mentioned about the All-Star Weekend being a learning environment of sorts, and seeing how other fellow players conducted themselves. "It's been a good experience. Just being around this environment, around the media, around some of the other players that are here at All-Star game. Just seeing how they handle themselves. It's been a good and enlightening experience."

Lots of choice quotes from NBA Australia's recap of the Rising Stars Challenge (Exum post-game interview), but this Delly quip on Aussie slang was pretty funny.

“There was a little bit thrown in there, a few guys speak common languages, me and Danté were speaking a bit of Australian so no one could understand us,” he joked. - Exum enjoys first All-Star experience


GIF highlights

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Here's a little Aussie highlight, which came from a full-court inbound pass. Exum caught the ball, threw it up to Delly, who got the lob back to Exum for an easy finish. It would've looked better with a dunk - just sayin'.

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Exum swished a turnaround 3-pointer that would have been pretty sweet if it'd counted, but was fired after a foul whistle.

[gfycat data_id="NegligibleSpotlessHoneycreeper" data_autoplay=true data_expand=true] And finally, here's an easy layup from Delly off the high screen.

Wiggins gets Rising Stars MVP

Mates sticking together. Look closely, and you can see Exum having a chuckle with Delly on the right.


Kicks watch

Matthew Dellavedova at the Rising Stars Challenge 2015. Image credit Darrel Wilson

ICYMI: Aussie pride! Dellavedova repped Down Under with his green and gold Nike Kobe 8s in the Rising Stars Challenge.

RT if you were a fan of Matthew Dellavedova's Australia-themed #BBVACompassRisingStars kicks! #NBAAllStarNYC pic.twitter.com/ogVf7Pk5ZL

— NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) February 14, 2015

“They gave us a pair but I usually like to wear them in a bit, so I brought these Aussie ones to represent Australia." - Exum enjoys first All-Star experience

Delly also thanked everyone back home in Australia for their support.

"Yes, [I have] been getting some texts and messages and there's always a lot of support from back home for all of us over here, so we always appreciate that and look forward to getting home." - post-game via Darrel Wilson


Exum and Delly's Rising Stars Challenge jerseys

What an experience to represent @BasketballAus and the @cavs at the Rising Stars game! pic.twitter.com/4ZQLfAzNbd

— Matthew Dellavedova (@matthewdelly) February 14, 2015

A look at Danté Exum's locker before the #BBVACompassRisingStars! #NBAinAus pic.twitter.com/wTA6p56gRa

— NBA Australia (@NBA_AU) February 13, 2015

Looking really good! Next question: how do we get our hands on one of these jerseys? Get on it NBA Store!