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NBA's best put on a show in New Orleans

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

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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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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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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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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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Elliott takes pole, Earnhardt Jr. second at Daytona qualifying (1:10)
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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.

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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.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Last 5 minutes of the all star game should be a blast as Westbrook and Anthony Davis vie for MVP honors at a record scoring clip. Davis has already broken Wilt Chamberlain's all time scoring mark and is at 52 and counting. Interestingly, Steve Kerr has paved the way for Davis to take MVP honors by benching Westbrook who has scored 4- on 26 shots.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Davis has 52 points, an NBA All-Star Game record.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Anthony Davis with 44 points has the most points ever scored in an NBA All-Star Game. There is still 5:35 left and Russell Westbrook has 41 points.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

With this dunk, Anthony Davis tied Wilt Chamberlain's single-game scoring record of 42 points. He broke it one play later and now has 44 points. But Russell Westbrook (41) is close on his heels with 5:34 left.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Fans behind press row begin chanting "Dee-Fense!" Clippers C DeAndre Jordan stands up and tells them "No!" and begs them to quell their excitement about an element of basketball rarely ever seen in an All Star game.

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Oregon State pulls off the upset over Utah, earning its first conference win. It is the last major conference team to win a conference game this season. BPI gave Oregon State a 10.8% chance to win today's game

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

There is a small, clearly misguided group of fans at the Smoothie King Center chanting "DE-FENSE". There has been just about none of that on the court tonight.

Mark Schwarz ESPN Reporter 

Sixers rookie star Joel Embiid brushes up against greatness, exchanging hugs with Philly legend Julius Erving at halftime. Erving took the court to be honored along with other NBA royalty including Bill Russell, Magic Johnson and Allen Iverson. Magic warmly embraced LeBron James and Kyle Lowry, a kid from North Philly, paid his respects to A.I.

Chris Forsberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens' pregame speech to the East All-Stars: "It's an honor for us to be here and we appreciate the opportunity to be here with you guys. I get asked all the time about, ‘What inspired you to get into coaching? And what inspired you to want to do this?' And the truth of the matter is nobody is inspired to get into coaching, it just means we weren't good enough to be players. And ultimately the people that inspired me as a kid were the Reggie Millers, were the Larry Birds, were the Magic Johnsons, the Michael Jordans of our era — the guys that are sitting in your shoes. And so I just want to say thank you for the opportunity to share the day with you. And also I recognize the fact of what you mean to those kids."