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West outlasts East with assist from MVP Paul

West outlasts East with assist from MVP Paul

ESPN.com Updated Feb 17, 2013
Kevin Durant scored 30 points, MVP Chris Paul had 20 points and 15 assists, and the Western Conference beat the East 143-138 on Sunday night in the NBA All-Star Game.
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  • Chandler Savoring His First All-Star Game

    Chandler Savoring His First All-Star Game

    nytimes.com Feb 17, 2013
    The Knicks' Tyson Chandler, already a former N.B.A. champion and Olympic gold medalist, savors adding an All-Star appearance to his résumé.
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  • Colangelo clarifies remarks on Williams' fitness

    Colangelo clarifies remarks on Williams' fitness

    CNNSI.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Jerry Colangelo said Saturday he never said Deron Williams was unfit to play in the Olympics, only that the point guard wasn't in great shape when the U.S. men's basketball team began training last summer.
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  • Westbrook makes Ke$ha an NBA fan

    Westbrook makes Ke$ha an NBA fan

    nba.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON (AP) -- Ke$ha didn't pay much attention to the NBA until recently when she realized she had a fan in the league.
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  • AARP gives Michael Jordan the perfect 50th birthday gift (PHOTO…

    AARP gives Michael Jordan the perfect 50th birthday gift (PHOTO)

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON - I don't know if you've heard, but Michael Jordan turned 50 years old on Sunday. You probably missed it, because it's not like anyone's made a big deal about his birthday at all or anything, or tweeting about it all day. It's been a pretty low-
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  • Your NBA All-Star Game Open Thread

    Your NBA All-Star Game Open Thread

    deadspin.com Feb 17, 2013
    Here's your spot to talk about all things All-Star Game-related and no things All-Star Game-unrelated. More »
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  • "I Am A Nasty Cribbage Player": NBA All-Stars Discuss…

    "I Am A Nasty Cribbage Player": NBA All-Stars Discuss What They Could Beat Michael Jordan At Today

    deadspin.com Feb 17, 2013
    The Basketball Jones did a twist on the usual Michael Jordan's birthday fare. Acknowledging that he is one of the most competitive humans on the planet (and pretty good at basketball), TBJ went around asking the All-Stars in Houston what they could beat…
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  • 2013 All-Star warm-up jackets have patches showcasing players’ …

    2013 All-Star warm-up jackets have patches showcasing players’ career accomplishments

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON - When LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and the rest of the participants in Sunday night's 2013 NBA All-Star Game come out of the locker room to take the court at the Toyota Center, you'll be able to see exactly how much they've been able t
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  • Stars celebrate Jordan at 50

    Stars celebrate Jordan at 50

    nba.com Feb 17, 2013
    Michael Jordan turned 50 on Sunday, giving this year's All-Stars a chance to reflect on his illustrious career and how much he still means to the sport.
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  • BDL Interview: Ricky Rubio on being fancy, becoming a leader an…

    BDL Interview: Ricky Rubio on being fancy, becoming a leader and the challenge of having fun

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON - After spending nine months working his way back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, it wasn't exactly an ideal situation for Ricky Rubio to come back to have to carry a major load (albeit in minor minutes, at first) for a
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  • Retiring Stern made All-Star event more than a game

    Retiring Stern made All-Star event more than a game

    nba.com Feb 17, 2013
    For 30 years of options, David Stern's answer came surprisingly quickly.
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  • SI's 100 greatest photographs of Michael Jordan

    SI's 100 greatest photographs of Michael Jordan

    CNNSI.com Feb 17, 2013
    Michael Jordan, who won six NBA titles, five MVPs and two Olympic gold medals, is 50 today. To help celebrate, here are SI's 100 best photos of arguably the NBA's greatest player.
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  • Five Western Conference veterans look back on their first All-S…

    Five Western Conference veterans look back on their first All-Star Game experiences

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON - After spending much of Friday's All-Star media session talking with this year's slew of first-time All-Stars about what it feels like to learn you're an All-Star, I figured it'd be neat to ask a few players who've gone through the All-Star Wee
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  • Harden finds sudden stardom a quick jump away in Houston

    Harden finds sudden stardom a quick jump away in Houston

    nba.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON -- Practice had been over for about 20 minutes when the door opened behind the Rockets' training room and a figure wearing just a pair of shorts and a towel on his head strode straight into the 50-degree water of the cold-splash pool.
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  • Terrence Ross’ dunks, James White’s 2-hander and Gerald Green’s…

    Terrence Ross’ dunks, James White’s 2-hander and Gerald Green’s reverse, all in slow motion (VIDEO)

    yahoo.com Feb 17, 2013
    HOUSTON - Thanks to noted philosopher Dave Chappelle, it's long been widely accepted that most things look better in slow motion. This is especially true when it comes to slam dunks, which are often pretty rad in real-time, but tend to look even more st
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  • Stern: Kings' staying in Sacramento 'plausible'

    Stern: Kings' staying in Sacramento 'plausible'

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    No new details on Sacramento against Seattle, though the next All-Star decision might be New York versus New York.
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  • Los Angeles Clippers, utah Jazz to talk Eric Bledsoe for Paul M…

    Los Angeles Clippers, utah Jazz to talk Eric Bledsoe for Paul Millsap, sources say

    ESPN.com Feb 17, 2013
    There is a level of mutual interest between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in exploring a deal that would feature Eric Bledsoe as the headliner in a trade package for Jazz forward Paul Millsap, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.
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  • Ranking the best of the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk (VIDEOS)

    Ranking the best of the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk (VIDEOS)

    yahoo.com deadspin.com Feb 17, 2013
    Toronto Raptors rookie Terrence Ross has been crowned the champion of the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk, besting reigning champion Jeremy Evans and several other contestants who received heavy promotion and stoked fan interest. Yet, while Ross took home the tro…
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  • As Michael Jordan turns 50, new NY Knicks nemesis LeBron James …

    As Michael Jordan turns 50, new NY Knicks nemesis LeBron James is primed to block title shots

    nydailynews.com Feb 17, 2013
    The Knicks aren’t going to get past LeBron James the way the old Knicks couldn’t get past Michael Jordan. Because they are in the same conference with one of the great all-around players and great team players in the history of basketball, now playing
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  • All-Star Saturday raises more than $550K for charity

    All-Star Saturday raises more than $550K for charity

    nba.com Feb 17, 2013
    NEW YORK -- State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, which featured the Western Conference defeating the Eastern Conference by a score of 140 to 125 in Houston, delivered a total $555,000 to charity.
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  • Video - Kings Still Have Future In Sacramento? 03:12

    Kings Still Have Future In Sacramento?

    Feb 17
    Henry Abbott of TrueHoop talks about David Stern's comments regarding the future of the Kings in Sacramento.
  • Video - Turning NBA Stats Into Wins 00:47

    Turning NBA Stats Into Wins

    Feb 17
    Henry Abbott explains why the Portland Trail Blazers have an advantage when it comes to getting the most out of analyzing statistics.
  • Video - NBA First Half Top Plays 02:59

    NBA First Half Top Plays

    Feb 17
    Take a look back at the top 10 plays from the first half of the NBA season.

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  • Los Angeles Clippers, utah Jazz to talk Eric Bledsoe for Paul Millsap, sou…

    Feb 17
    There is a level of mutual interest between the Clippers and Utah Jazz in exploring a deal that would feature Eric Bledsoe as the headliner in a trade package for Jazz forward Paul Millsap, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN.com.