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Follow live: East battles West in NBA All-Star Game

The biggest names in the NBA put on a show in New Orleans in the All-Star Game.

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Sources: Pelicans inquire about Boogie, George

The Pelicans hope to add another All-Star to pair with Anthony Davis and have made virtually all their players -- including 2016 top pick Buddy Hield -- available in talks, sources say.

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Live All-Star coverage from New Orleans

As NBA-All Star Weekend continues, ESPN reporters are all over New Orleans taking in the scene and providing dispatches from around the city.

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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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Jarrius to DeAndre: 'I shoot better than you' (0:23)
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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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Patrick Kane is mayor of dangle city in win (0:38)
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Byfuglien, Perreault light the lamp in Jets' win (0:45)
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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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Elliott takes pole, Earnhardt Jr. second at Daytona qualifying (1:10)
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Logano wins season opening Clash at Daytona (0:45)

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Brett Okamoto ESPN Staff Writer 

Former UFC bantamweight title challenger and U.S. Olympic wrestler Sara McMann (11-3) steamrolled UFC newcomer Gina Mazany (4-1), submitting her in the first round of their fight in Halifax, Nova Scotia. McMann called for a title shot afterwards. She has suffered three losses in the UFC, all of which have come to women who have held the UFC title in Ronda Rousey, Miesha Tate and Amanda Nunes.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

One storyline to watch for the second half of the All-Star Game beyond the big ones: when will James Harden score? The Rockets star was 0-for-2 in the first half. The last All-Star starter to go scoreless for the game was Kevin Garnett, who played just 6 minutes in 2013.

ESPN Stats and Information  

There were 57 dunks in last year's NBA All-Star Game. There were 42 in the first half this year.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

John Legend is the halftime act of the NBA All-Star Game.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

John Legend is shining on stage during halftime of the NBA All-Star Game.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis is getting the ball early and often at the Smoothie King Center, as per usual, and leads all scorers with 22 points on 11/17 shooting as the West leads the East 97-92 at half.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Halftime in New Orleans, and the West leads the East 97-92. If that pace keeps up, the two teams would set a record for the highest-scoring All-Star Game for the fourth consecutive year. Last year's game featured 369 points.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The East and West almost combined for 200 points in the FIRST HALF.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Referees at the NBA All-Star Game are like referees in a WWE match. They're really just there for show.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Giannis Antetokounmpo has emerged as an early MVP favorite should the East (up one in the second quarter) win. He's got 16 points on 7-of-7 shooting.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

NBA legends Allen Iverson, Willis Reed, Julius Erving, Bob Pettit, George Gervin, Magic Johnson and Bill Russell were honored during a timeout in the first half at the NBA All-Star Game. Kyrie Irving and Kyle Lowry came out of the East's huddle to shake hands with each former player.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Draymond Green punctuates a high flying freewheeling 101 point first quarter with a rim-rattling dunk during a game so spirited that Kevin Durant tossed a perfect lob to Russell Westbrook for a crowd pleasing alley oop.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

The East All-Stars are rolling with small ball to start the second quarter, with point guards Isaiah Thomas (5-foot-9) and Kemba Walker (6-foot-1) sharing a backcourt. John Wall, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony round out the unit.

Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

Most points in the first quarter of an NBA All-Star Game with 101. Over/Under is 352.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The two teams combined for 101 points in the first quarter. That sets the All-Star record for most points in q quarter, breaking the mark of 99 (set in 2 different quarters last season).

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Every East player who played in the first quarter scored, and they lead the West 53-48 after 1. Between both teams, four players have yet to enter: DeMarcus Cousins, DeAndre Jordan, Kemba Walker and Carmelo Anthony, who was a late addition to the roster.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo have 10 points apiece as the East All-Stars lead the West 53-48 after one quarter at the Big Blender.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

East 53, West 48 at the end of the first quarter. Yes, the FIRST QUARTER.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Blue Ivy Carter is courtside at the NBA All-Star Game with her mom and dad.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

West offense heavily featuring host Anthony Davis, who's attempted nine of the team's 23 shots. Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo have 10 points apiece.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Mark it down in the box score: with 4:58 left in the first quarter, Kevin Durant assisted on a Russell Westbrook dunk, shortly after Westbrook checked in for the first time. So much for that drama.

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Westbrook and Durant hook up on a give and go that ends up with Westbrook finishing an oop. As they went back to the bench during a timeout, the entire Western bench stood up and mockingly clapped and cheered around them as everyone laughed. Someone even appeared to throw water on Durant.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Boogie to KD just now on the bench: "I'm proud of you, man."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are on the same floor again as teammates.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Russ with the give and go to KD. No freezing out tonight. Entire bench clapping.