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Keegan hits game-winner in first round of Rising Stars Game

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Keegan Murray helped deliver a win for Team Pau in the NBA Rising Stars Game on Friday at Vivint Arena. 

The Kings rookie was one of four players representing Sacramento at All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah, joining All-Stars De'Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis as well as sharpshooter Kevin Huerter, who will participate in the 3-point contest Saturday night. 

Friday night's festivities consisted of three short games between four teams: Two first-to-40 semi-final matchups and the championship game being first to 25. Murray played 6:43 off the bench for Team Pau in the first game, scoring just three points on 1-of-4 shooting and 1-of-3 from 3-point range with four rebounds and two assists. 

Murray's lone basket was the game-winner and sent Team Pau to the championship round. 

"It was fun, did what I needed to do, hit a game-winner, didn't get hurt," Murray told reporters after the game. "So I think it was a success. Had fun with the guys and ended up winning, so I feel like that's a good weekend for me.

"I think it's just a fun time overall, no matter what city you're in ... I feel like the rookies get a chance to get away from our team, especially this season, it's been a long season so far. Just come together, hang out and have fun."

Sabonis and Huerter sat courtside and watched their young teammate and the two veterans had fun with the rookie while he was on the court. 

 

"Telling me to just let it fly," Murray said when asked what his teammates told him. "Domas is obviously heckling me from the sidelines, so I tried to avoid that corner as much as possible. It was fun to see them courtside there."

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Murray logged 4:23 off the bench for Team Pau in the championship game against Team Joakim, recording just one rebound in the second victory of the night. 

Although it was a fairly quiet night for Murray, it certainly was a special experience the Kings rookie will forget.