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This NBA All-Star Game showed the power of basketball

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CHICAGO — Perhaps no one in recent history cared more about winning the All-Star Game than Kobe Bryant. The format changes and his memory combined to create a game Sunday night at the United Center that would’ve made Bryant proud. Technically the winner was Team LeBron over Team Giannis, 157-155,......
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The Elam Ending led to an intense All-Star fourth quarter

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12:09 AM ET Lawrence MurrayESPN.com The 69th NBA All-Star Game was bound to be delightful. There were ten first-time All-Stars, LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo served as captains for the second straight season, and it was in Chicago for the first time in 32 years. New changes to the format......
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Kawhi Leonard scores 30, goes 8-for-14 on 3-pointers to win MVP

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11:52 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CHICAGO — The 2020 All-Star Game saw Kawhi Leonard win the first-ever Kobe Bryant MVP award, and saw both teams honor the late Los Angeles Lakers legend in the most fitting fashion possible: by playing hard to the very last second. Under the new “Elam......
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Kobe Bryant tribute sets off unprecedented NBA All-Star Game

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here CHICAGO — In the end, the special number to honor Kobe Bryant during Sunday’s All-Star Game was 157. The new Bryant-inspired scoring system didn’t elevate the defensive intensity at the All-Star Game at United Center until the all-important......
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Kim Kardashian and Kanye West to attend 2020 NBA All-Star game

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expected to sit front row at tonight’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. The couple is attending the game because Chicago is West’s hometown, and the rapper performed his Sunday Service in the......
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Steve Stoute makes All-Star appearance after disastrous Knicks interview

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here CHICAGO — Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute has not been grounded by owner James Dolan after his remarks last week essentially firing interim coach Mike Miller and his staff on a television appearance. Stoute spoke on a panel......
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NBA All-Star 2020 – Grading every player in the the Skills, 3-Point and Dunk Contests

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All-Star Saturday featured three competitions that came down to the wire. Bam Adebayo set the tone with a close win over Domantas Sabonis in the Skills Challenge. Buddy Hield used his final attempt to knock off 2018 champion Devin Booker in the 3-point Contest. And Derrick Jones Jr. needed a......
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Aaron Gordon somehow does not win dunk contest

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11:37 PM ET Lawrence MurrayESPN.com The 2020 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk contest at the United Center in Chicago already had the potential to be memorable Saturday night. 2008 winner Dwight Howard was returning! Pat Connaughton was participating for the first time! Derrick Jones Jr. was back after coming in second......
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NBA All-Star Game trophy will be named after Kobe Bryant

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here CHICAGO — One more permanent honor went to Kobe Bryant on Saturday night. Starting with Sunday’s All-Star Game, the exhibition’s MVP trophy will forever be named after Kobe Bryant, commissioner Adam Silver announced at his annual press conference.......
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Buddy Hield edges Devin Booker on final shot to win 3-point shootout

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10:21 PM ET Tim BontempsESPN CHICAGO — Between them, Buddy Hield and Devin Booker took 108 3-point shots Saturday night. It took until the 108th and final one to determine who would come out on top in the NBA’s 3-point shootout — with Hield, thanks to hitting four of the......
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Adam Silver expects ‘return to normalcy’ soon for NBA in China

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CHICAGO — NBA commissioner Adam Silver estimated the league will lose hundreds of millions in revenue from the ongoing disconnect with the Chinese government and couldn’t commit to staging preseason games there next October, but he said he expects the league’s relationship with China to have “a return to normalcy......
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NBA All-Star Game MVP award named in honor of Kobe Bryant

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Commissioner Adam Silver announced today that the NBA All-Star Game MVP Award has been permanently named for the late Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star who won a record-tying four All-Star Game MVP awards. The first All-Star Game Kobe Bryant MVP Award will be presented after the game at the United......
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NBA Slam Dunk Contest live stream: How to watch, TV channel, time

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SI – For more and to sign up click here SI Staff A clash of the last two Skills Challenge champions, a change in the format of the Three-Point Contest and the possibility “Superman” may don his cape one more time in the Slam Dunk Contest highlight NBA All-Star Saturday......
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Obama pays tribute to Kobe Bryant at NBA All-Star brunch

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here Number 44 paid tribute to 24 on Saturday. Speaking at the NBA All-Star Weekend Newsmaker Brunch, former President Barack Obama said the death of basketball legend Kobe Bryant is “something that I know many are still grappling with.”......
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NBA All-Star Betting Line, Odds, Expert Pick

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Roy Larking Following the Rising Stars Challenge, won 151-131 by Team USA over Team World on Friday, the NBA All-Star Game takes center stage on Sunday, February 16 at the United Center in Chicago. Stacked squads will square off when......
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Aaron Gordon and his new sneaker are ready for the NBA dunk contest

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10:00 AM ET Nick DePaulaESPN CHICAGO — Surrounded by friends and family, Aaron Gordon strolled into the United Center late Thursday night with a purpose. The Orlando Magic forward, one of the showcase attractions of All-Star Saturday night, was looking to avenge past failures. While league officials worked on ideal......
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Zion Williamson bends rim on dunk in Rising Stars Challenge

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New York Post – For more and to sign up click here It was a guarantee that Zion Williamson would make his mark during Friday’s Rising Star Challenge. But bending a rim? The New Orleans Pelicans rookie sensation bent the rim on a hellacious two-handed slam in the first half......
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NBA All-Star 2020 – Grading Zion Williamson, Luka Doncic and every player in the Rising Stars

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The Rising Stars Challenge got off to a sleepy start in the first quarter Friday, and Team World took a 10-point lead into the halftime locker room despite equipment damage courtesy of New Orleans Pelicans power forward Zion Williamson. But Charlotte Hornets small forward Miles Bridges flipped a switch in......
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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson damages rim in Rising Stars game

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CHICAGO — United Center rims proved to be no match for rookie Zion Williamson. After catching a lob pass from USA teammate Trae Young in Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge game, Williamson slammed down a two-handed jam that caused the rim to bend. At halftime, spading experts had to bring......

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