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Watch Pelicans Jose Alvarado call his shot then drain Rising Stars game-winner

SALT LAKE CITY — He’s not just Grand Theft Alvarado anymore.

He is also Jose Alvarado, Rising Stars MVP and the guy who drained the game-winning shot for Team Pau at the All-Star Friday night event.

What’s cold-blooded is he called his shot to Donovan Mitchell just before that play.

Alvarado was playing hard and taking this exhibition seriously from the start, scoring 13 points in the first game of the four-team tournament, where young stars from the NBA and G-League Ignite divided into the teams coached by NBA legends (Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Deron Williams, and Jason Terry, who led a roster comprised entirely of G Leaguers). Team Gasol beat Team Williams, then in the second game Team Joakim beat the G-Leaguers in a race to 40 (this event uses the Elam Ending with a target score rather than a timed game).

That set the stage for Alvarado’s heroics.

We can only hope the players on Sunday are having as much fun and playing as hard as Alvarado did on Friday night.