Recapping John Collin’s and Taurean Prince’s Night in the Rising Stars Game

John Collins
John Collins throws it down (M J Terrill)

Collins and Prince participated in the league’s Rising Star Challenge Friday Night

Friday Night, the best first and second year players from across the NBA took center stage and they did not disappoint. The World Team coasted to a 155-124 victory in a game that featured numerous contest worthy dunks and 73 combined Assists.

Buddy Heild led the world with 29 but King’s Rookie Bogdan Bogdanovich was voted the MVP after dropping 26 Points, 4 Rebounds and 6 Assists. Jaylen brown held the high mark for Team USA with 35 and 8.

It was a quiet night box score wise for our Hawks. Taurean Prince scored 8 Points including 2 made threes. He also had what was probably one of the lone defensive plays with his bully style steal.

John Collins used the big stage to show the world that he was indeed snubbed for the Dunk Contest. Early on in the game Collins turned defense into offense when he forced the strip steal on Joel Embiid, ran the floor and converted the Alley-oop.

He wasn’t done there though. Collins would throw down 4 more jams (and miss 2 additional impressive ones). With time winding down in the 4th quarter, the game pretty much turned into a dunk contest. That’s when John Collins absolutely took flight and slammed home an impressive Alley-Oop. The dunk garnered reactions from fans all over Twitter and was the number 1 play on ESPN’s SportsCenter Top 10.

Collins finished the game with 11 Points. All 5 of his made baskets were dunks.

Elsewhere, noted Hawks fan Quavo was the MVP of the Celebrity All Star game with his impressive 19 Point performance.

While the Hawks have no other players participating in this weekend’s events, Collins made the most of the stage to get his name out there and represent for our city. With no National TV games this year, it could be the lone chance this year for an Atlanta Hawks’ player to be noticed.

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