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  1. Your 2012 All-Star Game winners and losers

    Feb 27, 2012, 12:01 AM EDT

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    It’s an exhibition, but it’s still a competition. Someone has to win (the West, 152-149). Someone has to lose. We’re here to sort it all out for you. The winners. The losers. And even how you can be both. Winner: Kevin Durant. The game MVP did it all — he had maybe the best dunk…

  2. Kevin Durant wins 2012 All-Star MVP, West beats East 152-149

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:56 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 NBA All-Star game started off as a blowout, but ended up being competitive to the final possession. Kevin Durant and LeBron James tied for the game-high in scoring with 36 points each, but Durant got the MVP nod as his West squad held on to win in exciting fashion, 152-149. Durant started off…

  3. Video: Chris Paul with off-the-backboard ally-oop to Durant

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Chris Paul‘s passing makes every dunk just a little bit better. (Ask Blake Griffin if you don’t believe me.) Here Paul takes the outlet lob (can’t really call that a pass) and sets up Kevin Durant for one of the better dunks of the night. Next year for the All-Star Dunk Contest, Chris Paul should…

  4. Kobe passes Jordan, has more All-Star Game points than anyone

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    Kobe Bryant is a rare combination of a guy who has been at an All-Star level for a long time — this was his 14th year — and a guy who is always ready to compete. Even in a meaningless exhibition he will need to show his dominance (hence the four All-Star Game MVPs). Which…

  5. Video: LeBron’s nasty windmill dunk from All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:59 PM EDT

    LeBron James

    The first half of the NBA All-Star Game Sunday saw more — and more creative — dunks than we saw in the actual Dunk Contest Saturday night. One of the best was the windmill from LeBron James. By the way, LeBron had five first half dunks, one ahead of Blake Griffin‘s four, as they had…

  6. West sets All-Star game record by scoring 88 points in the first half

    Feb 26, 2012, 8:54 PM EDT

    2012 NBA All-Star Game

    The 2012 All-Star game hasn’t been filled with a ton of memorable highlights just yet, but here in Orlando at halftime, one of the teams has accomplished something worth noting. The West is out to an 88-69 lead over the East, and the 88 points is a record for the most scored in a half.…

  7. Kevin Durant wants LeBron, Westbrook, star power in Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 7:15 PM EDT

    Miami Heat's LeBron James dunks against the Chicago Bulls during their NBA basketball game in Miami

    We can all admit it — Saturday night’s NBA Dunk Contest was sad. It was scripted and felt stiff. Jeremy Evans deserved the win for a legitimately impressive dunk, and a lot of people liked Paul George’s black-light dunk (more than I did). But overall, not good. Kevin Durant is thinking exactly what you are…

  8. Dwight Howard isn’t talking trade, but everyone else is

    Feb 26, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

    Sprint NBA All Star Celebrity Game

    Three times on Friday and Saturday I heard a reporter try to broach the topic of trade demands and where he might play in the future with Dwight Howard, and every time he has responded that he is not talking about anything past All-Star Weekend. “The situation we are in right now is All-Star Weekend.…

  9. Your Lakers trade rumors and speculation of the day

    Feb 26, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

    Andrew Bynum, Byron Mullens

    I’m just going to put this one out there, and let you decide how you feel about it. Peter Vescey of the New York Post, yes, him,  has a post describing the Dwight Howard situation and the Lakers’ involvement. Apparently there’s been an offer, and apparently it was shot down. From the Post: “I can…

  10. Stern says number of injuries not up this season. He’s right.

    Feb 26, 2012, 1:59 PM EDT

    David Stern

    If it feels to you like more guys are missing games due to injuries this season, you are right. But don’t confuse that with there being more injuries, and don’t blame the injuries on the lockout. NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about injures this season at his Saturday press conference and he has looked…

  11. The bizarre dichotomy of the NBA All-Star Game

    Feb 26, 2012, 12:48 PM EDT

    BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

    Sunday night, 24 players will amble into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. Many of them will be hungover, sleep-deprived, or both from a night of partying at all the hot spots during the biggest nightlife year for the NBA universe. They will casually go through the media requirements, slowly get dressed, do some casual…

  12. Video: Paul George’s glow-in-the-dark dunk from All-Star Saturday night

    Feb 26, 2012, 11:22 AM EDT

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    The 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest seemed to be all about gimmicks, and Paul George of the Indiana Pacers was the one who led the charge. This glow-in-the-dark dunk wasn’t a bad idea in theory, but he didn’t glow nearly enough for us to get a good enough look at that athletic, 360 windmill jam…

  13. Video: Chase Budinger pays tribute to Cedric Ceballos, dunks blindfolded in 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:54 AM EDT

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    The 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest was more than a little too contrived in the opinions of just about everyone watching. But that doesn’t mean that there weren’t a few dunks that are worth reliving, and Chase Budinger provided one of them for us in the event’s final round. Twenty years ago, Cedric Ceballos won…

  14. Dirk admits his drive suffered after winning a title, still wishes he’d gotten to party more

    Feb 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EDT

    Dirk Nowitzki

    What do you do after you’ve done the best you can? Where do you go after you reach the apex? You spend 18 years of your life working towards something, and then, finally, after so many failures and disappointments, you walk away with proof of success. What do you do after that? For Dirk Nowitzki,…

  15. Grading Dunk Contest dunks: Evans and Budinger get an A

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:59 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    It was not a great contest, and worst of all it felt scripted, like the Kardashian “reality” shows. But I guess that’s where we’ve gotten to with the All-Star Dunk Contest. It’s style over substance. And only a couple dunks really impressed We’ve graded all 12 dunks from the contest (from A to F, like…

  16. Jeremy Evans wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:57 PM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz was a late addition to the 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk contest, only getting in after the Knicks’ Iman Shumpert bowed out due to injury. But he made the most of it, and the best of his three dunks — a leap over a seated Gordon Hayward, who threw two…

  17. Video: Jeremy Evans dunks two basketballs over Gordon Hayward, wins 2012 Slam Dunk Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:25 PM EDT

    Jeremy Evans

    Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz is your 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and this dunk is likely the reason why. In a contest full of skits, props, and gimmicks, this one was relatively straightforward, but with an incredible degree of difficulty that made it one of the more pure and meaningful dunks of the…

  18. Kevin Love works overtime to win Three-Point Contest

    Feb 25, 2012, 11:22 PM EDT

    Love of the Timberwolves competes in the three-point contest during the NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando

    Do you remember when then Minnesota coach Kurt Rambis was trying to keep Kevin Love from straying away from the basket and shooting threes? Rambis, Loves hopes you were watching. “But for me, coming into the league, I was told not to shoot three point shots, so to be where I am now and continue…

  19. Tony Parker is your 2012 Skills Challenge champion

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:50 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    The Taco Bell Skills challenge was technically the second event on the agenda for All-Star Saturday night in Orlando, but with the first featuring teams of NBA players past and present, along with WNBA players launching half-court shots to ultimately determine the winner, well … we passed. The Skills Challenge, though, is a little bit…

  20. Stern says Sacramento arena deal comes down to paying up

    Feb 25, 2012, 9:14 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Weekend

    It’s all about the money. It’s always been about money when it comes down to getting a new arena built in Sacramento and keeping the team in that city. But now it has come down to pulling out the checkbooks and committing to dollars and the negotiations are intense. When David Stern talked about issue…

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