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  1. With CP3, Durant leading the way West wins tight All-Star Game

    Feb 18, 2013, 12:40 AM EDT

    NBA All-Star Griffin of the Clippers dunks as teammate Durant and All-Star Noah of the Bulls look on during the 2013 NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    HOUSTON — You know it’s an All-Star Game and all the seriousness that entails when Dwight Howard is launching and hitting threes, Howard and Blake Griffin are pretending to do acrobatics between quarters and the understated Tim Duncan is wearing some bright green Adidas Crazy Fast shoes. “I think that’ll be the only time you…

  2. Chris Paul, Tony Parker make Chris Bosh look bad (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:09 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Paul of the Clippers takes the ball past All-Star Bosh of the Heat during the NBA All-Star basketball game in Houston

    Chris Bosh did not have a good first half. There was the 2-of-7 shooting with three airballs. There was some odd defensive choices like giving Chris Paul an uncontested layup to take away a potential lob to Blake Griffin. But these two plays by Paul and Tony Parker made him look worse than anything. Mocking…

  3. PBT’s All-Star Game live blog

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:29 PM EDT

    All Star Game 2013 Houston logo

    HOUSTON — Enough with the preliminaries — especially the pregame Ke$ha concert — let’s get on with the real show. Time for the 2013 NBA All-Star Game. We’ve got this show covered for you. First, over on the mothership NBC site is a running log of everything tweeted by myself, PBT’s Brett Pollakoff, as well…

  4. LeBron James with two alley-oop dunks early in 2013 NBA All-Star game (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 10:05 PM EDT

    NBA All-Star Game 2013

    HOUSTON — LeBron James got loose early for a couple of nice alley-oop jams in Sunday’s NBA All-Star game. The first came off the backboard from LeBron’s Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, and the second came at the front of the rim on a nice little flip from Carmelo Anthony. We’re just getting started.

  5. Kyrie Irving, Cavs young players are an optimistic group

    Feb 17, 2013, 6:30 PM EDT

    East All-Star Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers competes in the three-point contest during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    When the microphones were turned off at one media session this week, one All-Star player (not from the East) wanted to talk about Kyrie Irving. He said he and other players were talking and think in three years he’ll be the best point guard in the NBA. It’s hard to argue — his game has…

  6. Watch Kyrie Irving make 17 of his first 18 attempts in final round of 3-point contest (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    At one point during the 3-point contest I thought to myself, “You know what? I could probably do that. I’ve hit five in a row before. Yeah, I could totally do that.” Then Kyrie Irving had his turn, and I felt pretty stupid for thinking those thoughts. Irving put on one of the most impressive…

  7. Rockets owner says he’ll extend GM Daryl Morey’s contract

    Feb 17, 2013, 3:30 PM EDT

    Houston Rockets Introduce Jeremy Lin

    This weekend, Houston is the center of the NBA universe. It is where we got see some great dunks and long range sniping on Saturday night and where we’ll see the greatest players on the planet play in their annual mid-season exhibition. It’s also the home of the Rockets who are having a nice season…

  8. The Nuggets aren’t expected to make a deal at the deadline. Why not?

    Feb 17, 2013, 2:11 PM EDT

    Andre Miller, Kenneth Faried, JaVale McGee

    The Denver Nuggets are a very, very good basketball team. They somehow survived a brutal early season road schedule and have gone 22-3 at home, which is obviously very impressive. Currently the 5th seed in the Western Conference, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Nuggets jump up a spot or two in the standings…

  9. For his 50th, a compilation of Jordan’s 50 greatest plays (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

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    You can’t go wrong with along string of Michael Jordan highlights. Don’t quibble with the order or talk about how he pushed off on Byron Russell (he did), just enjoy the greatness. I’d say guys like him don’t come around very often, but frankly guys like him simply don’t come around again period. There will…

  10. Report: Clippers, Jazz talking Bledsoe for Millsap trade

    Feb 17, 2013, 11:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Los Angeles Clippers

    The Los Angeles Clippers remain hesitant to deal young guard Eric Bledsoe — he’s a valuable part of the “tribe called bench” that has been a big part of Los Angeles’ success, plus he is their insurance at the point should Chris Paul unexpectedly decide to sign elsewhere this summer. But as the offers get…

  11. Players explain dunks they had ready in case they advanced to the final round of the Dunk Contest

    Feb 17, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

    Gerald Green

    HOUSTON — Only two contestants out of the field of six advanced to the final round of the Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday, and Terrence Ross and Jeremy Evans were the ones who earned their way there to get a shot at this year’s title. That means we had other capable dunkers who had to…

  12. Three best dunks of All-Star Dunk Contest

    Feb 17, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    This isn’t a dunk contest that is going to go down in history with the greats. Well, unless you’re a Raptors fan. It was up and down, plenty of misfires and missed dunks no doubt. But there were some jaw dropping moments, too. Terrence Ross won because he had a few of them. Then there…

  13. Jeremy Evans dunks over covered picture, reveals it to be painting of him performing the dunk (VIDEO)

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:33 AM EDT

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    HOUSTON — Jeremy Evans didn’t win this year’s dunk contest, but it certainly wasn’t due to a lack of creativity or effort on his part. Terrence Ross took home the trophy as the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk champion, and was definitely deserving of the honor. But Evans wins at least in terms of creativity, based…

  14. Raptors’ Ross wins dunk contest with Toronto tributes

    Feb 17, 2013, 12:03 AM EDT

    Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

    Terrence Ross pulled out the Vince Carter Raptors throwback jersey, then did a throwback Vince Carter dunk. Then he did a not-very-far throwback dunk of Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan. Then he dunked over a kid. All the while Toronto’s own Drake was jumping around in the first row like a giddy 12-year-old boy. It all worked.…

  15. Kyrie Irving wins 2013 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    Feb 16, 2013, 11:49 PM EDT

    Foot Locker Three-Point Contest

    HOUSTON — Kyrie Irving is your 2013 Three-Point Contest champion, besting Matt Bonner in the final round by a score of 23-20 to take home the title. “It feels good,” Irving said afterward. “Add it to the résumé. MVP for Rising Stars, and now Three‑Point Shoot Out champion.” The first round featured largely mediocre performances,…

  16. Raking up hardware already, Lillard wins All-Star Skills Competition

    Feb 16, 2013, 10:19 PM EDT

    Taco Bell Skills Challenge

    Consider this the first of a bunch of award Damian Lillard could be racking up. The Portland Trailblazers celebrated rookie won the All-Star Saturday Taco Bells Skills Competition. He seemed to embody the old John Wooden mantra of “be quick, don’t hurry.” “I think the biggest thing for me is to try to be too…

  17. Team Bosh wins Shooting Stars competition at All-Star Saturday

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:35 PM EDT

    East All-Star Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat takes part in the All-Star Shooting Stars competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    Chris Bosh has shooting range. Swin Cash can flat out shoot the rock. And Dominique Wilkins is Dominique Wilkins. “My elbow is sore now, I haven’t shot like that in a few years,” Wilkins says. Nonetheless, Team Bosh won the Sears Shooting Stars competition that kicks off All-Star Saturday night. Shooting Stars is the event…

  18. Billy Hunter issues statement after being ousted as head of NBA players union

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:28 PM EDT

    Hunter and Fisher of the NBA speak during news conference to reject NBA's latest offer in New York

    HOUSTON — NBA players union president Billy Hunter was unanimously voted out of that position by representatives from 24 of the 30 teams in Houston on Saturday. He did some questionable things that came to light during an internal audit, and that was more than enough in the players’ eyes to get him removed from…

  19. David Stern says his favorite All-Star memory was giving the MVP to Magic Johnson in ’92

    Feb 16, 2013, 9:10 PM EDT

    1992 NBA All Star Game

    HOUSTON — David Stern addressed the media at the Toyota Center on Saturday, and being that this is his last All-Star weekend as NBA commissioner, some of the questions asked him to reflect on his time working for the league over the last 30-plus seasons. One of his more poignant responses came when the topic…

  20. “I don’t see any scenario where both cities are happy” Stern says of Seattle/Sacramento issue

    Feb 16, 2013, 8:47 PM EDT

    NBA Commissioner David Stern listens at a news conference before the All Star slam dunk competition during the NBA basketball All-Star weekend in Houston

    When this is all over and the Kings have new owners and plans for an arena, fans in Seattle or Sacramento will be heartborken. “I don’t see any scenario where both cities are happy,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said. That pretty much kills the expansion hopes, which some fans saw as a win-win scenario in…

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