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NBA's best put on a show in New Orleans

Anthony Davis set an NBA All-Star record with 52 points to earn MVP honors and help lead the West past the East.

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Durant connects with Westbrook for alley-oop dunk (0:43)
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Curry lays down for Giannis dunk in West's win (0:23)
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Adams hits winner for UConn with 2.9 seconds left (0:47)
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The wildest three-quarter-court heave ... that didn't count (1:00)
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LeBron James' plan to become King of Hollywood

LeBron James' first act, becoming one of the greatest basketball players in history, is all but settled as a success. His second act -- to become a global entertainment icon -- is just beginning.

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An all-access pass to the dunk contest (3:23)
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Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf is back -- and outspoken as ever

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf, who protested the national anthem in 1996, is back and is outspoken as ever -- about America, oppression and even whether the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were an "inside job."

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Spinning head kick leads to victory (0:24)
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Matthews scores sweet backhand goal in Maple Leafs' win (0:31)
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Patrick Kane is mayor of dangle city in win (0:38)
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Why Dale Jr.'s mind can't quit racing

Dale Earnhardt Jr. returns at Daytona after letting his brain heal from multiple concussions -- and after undergoing a different sort of rehabilitation for his psyche.

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Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Steve Kerr says he predetermined that MVP Anthony Davis would play more minutes than any of his other players. Davis capitalized on the extra time to claim MVP honors from Russell Westbrook who sat for the final 5:45.

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

League source on Kings' DeMarcus Cousins decision: "They are going back and forth. Vivek isn't sure what he's going to do."

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Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Steve Kerr said that the Durant lob to Westbrook "broke the ice" and that sometimes the game does "break the ice." Kerr says he did not realize he did not play Durant and Westbrook together in the second half. Kerr says Kawhi Leonard told him at halftime he didn't want to play anymore and that DeMarcus Cousins told him he was "beat up" prior to the game which is why Cousins barely played.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Russ being Russ.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Steve Kerr said he'd like to find some incentive structure to make the ASG more competitive. Said he feels like "Weekend At Bernie's" on the sidelines.

Matt Walks ESPN Editor 

Yeah, it's pretty hectic backstage when the All-Stars leave the court together.

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Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Anthony Davis collects the hardware in a memorable night on his home court.

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Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

Everyone wants to say hello to the Process.

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Davis finishes with 52 and two huge off-the-backboard jams in win
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Anthony Davis ends his All-Star-record 52-point performance with two ridiculous off-the-backboard alley-oops in the West's 192-182 victory over the East.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Russell Westbrook says Kevin Durant threw him a great lob in the NBA All-Star game.

Curry lays down to avoid Giannis posterization
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Giannis Antetokounmpo comes up with a steal, and breaks away to the basket. Before he rises up for a monster one-handed dunk, Steph Curry lays down on the court to get out of Giannis' way.

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Greek Freak posterizes Curry
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Paul George shoots a jumper and misses, but Giannis Antetokounmpo flies in and throws down a massive putback dunk over Steph Curry.

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Durant connects with Westbrook for alley-oop
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Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook turn back the clock with a give-and-go and Westbrook finishing with the slam. The West bench clearly shows its love for the connection.

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Malinda Adams ESPN Producer 

Russell Westbrook says he is happy for Anthony Davis winning MVP of All-Star Game.

Westbrook shoves Wall ... then gives him a wink
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Russell Westbrook shoves John Wall after Wall fouls him and keeps a serious expression on his face for a while until he gives a subtle wink.

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Jim Witalka ESPN Producer 

Greatness recognizing greatness at NBA all-star game. David Robinson getting a picture with soccer legend Ronaldinho. Robinson told him "I've seen the videos. You're amazing."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Davis wins the NBA All-Star Game MVP with a record 52 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's official: Anthony Davis is the All-Star Game MVP. He's the first player to win the honor in front of his home crowd since Kobe Bryant in 2011.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Next year's All-Star logo just got unveiled. It's absurd how much companies have already done to play for weekend in Los Angeles

Ramona Shelburne ESPN Senior Writer 

The funny pregame video Steve Kerr showed the West All Stars before the game? I'm told it was video of all of them on draft day. Went over really well & broke what had been a very tense scene

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

The inevitable is moments away. Hometown favorite Anthony Davis will be crowned MVP after an All Star record 52 point explosion here in New Orleans.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

FINAL: West 192, East 182. Anthony Davis will win the MVP with a record 52 points to go along with 10 rebounds.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

It's a final in New Orleans: West 192, East 182. Anthony Davis set an All-Star Game record with 52 points, while Kevin Durant joined Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade as the only players to post an ASG triple-double.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

There has been talk about DeMarcus Cousins possibly being traded. He only played two minutes tonight. No other active player played less than 13 minutes tonight.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The West leads the East 190-180 with 1:15 left, making this the highest scoring game in NBA All-Star history. Anthony Davis is leading the way with a record 52 points. Kevin Durant (21 pts, 10 reb, 10 ast) has a triple-double for the West.