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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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Westbrook warms up on opposite end of Durant (0:20)
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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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Announcer introduces Durant from OKC. It's awkward (0:20)
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Byfuglien, Perreault light the lamp in Jets' win (0:45)
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Zuccarello nets the winner for Rangers (0:19)
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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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The 16-year-old hero the Slam Dunk Contest deserved (0:50)

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

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

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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.

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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.

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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."

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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.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Six minutes into the All-Star Game, the East led the West 26-24. That's a 208-192 pace, which would blow away last year's record scoring effort won by the West, 196-173.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Here comes Russ ready to check in ... and KD staying on the floor. Here. We. Go.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Giannis Antetokounmpo has a block and a steal already, representing far more defense than anyone expected to be played this early in the All-Star Game.

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Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis wins the tip then runs point for the West All-Stars on the game's opening possession, with Steph Curry setting the screen,

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

John Batiste, bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performs the National Anthem before the NBA All-Star Game.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Roots are helping introduce this year's NBA All-Stars.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Right as Jon Batiste was beginning his national anthem performance at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, Jay Z and Beyoncé were shown on the video board, drawing an ovation from the crowd that drowned out the first line of the song.

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Kevin Maguire Golf 

Some players have backed their way into the No. 1 world ranking. Others have done it sitting on their couch due to the mathematics of the system. Not Dustin Johnson. With eight of the top-10 players in the world coming into this week teeing it up at the Genesis Open, DJ stood head and shoulders above the rest, winning by 5 shots on Sunday. How did the other top-10 players do at Riviera Country Club this week? 1. Jason Day (T-64 ) 3. Dustin Johnson (1st) 5. Hideki Matsuyama (Missed Cut) 6. Jordan Spieth (T-22) 7. Adam Scott (T-11) 8. Justin Thomas (T-39) 9. Sergio Garcia (T-49) 10. Patrick Reed (T-59)

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Right before the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner, with the crowd growing silent, one fan loudly yelled "Free Melo!" So there's at least one person here who'd like to see Carmelo Anthony traded.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Russell Westbrook was practicing away from Kevin Durant and the other West All-Stars so James Harden joined him.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The largest ovation during introductions was reserved for hometown star Anthony Davis, who is playing his second All-Star Game in New Orleans in four seasons (2014, 2017). The cheers for Davis were far louder than the boos for Kevin Durant.

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Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The NBA pulled out all the stops for player intros st this year's All-Star Game, with a musical about basketball greatness through the years featuring The Roots.

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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

This is indisputably the best basketball musical I have ever seen.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

It's official: With his victory at the Genesis Open, Dustin Johnson becomes the world's No. 1-ranked golfer for the first time, supplanting Jason Day. His win gives him titles in 10 consecutive PGA Tour seasons -- the longest current active streak.

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Jason Sobel ESPN Senior Writer 

After 47 consecutive weeks atop the Official World Golf Ranking, Jason Day is going to lose his No. 1 spot once Dustin Johnson finished off his victory at the Genesis Open. As to whether he'd offer any advice to Johnson in dealing with the pressures of that position, Day simply said, "Whatever he's doing, he just need to keep doing it."

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins and James Harden are warming up for the West All-Stars.

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, teammates in New Orleans today. A sign of things to come?

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Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Jesse Jackson talked to Russell Westbrook before he ran into the locker room.

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