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How NBA's new voting format determined All-Star starters, snubs

Did the NBA get things right with its new format? And what happened with Russell Westbrook and Isaiah Thomas? We answer the most pressing questions surrounding the 2017 All-Star vote.

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Curry: Only two spots to fill (0:32)
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Lee: Wizards assistant tricked me on final play

Knicks guard Courtney Lee hesitated to shoot a last-second 3-pointer against the Wizards, saying Washington assistant coach Sidney Lowe was on the court and shouting as if he was a defender.

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Should players be banned from voting for All-Stars? (1:53)
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Knicks bungle final possession in loss (0:54)
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Mudiay sends Popovich packing after ejection in Spurs' win (0:48)
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LeBron's show-stopping night (0:39)
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SVP picks his conference championship winners (1:45)
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Capitals drop seven on Blues in win (0:15)
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Stephen A. hopes Deshaun Watson evades No. 1 pick (2:08)
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Iowa coach McCaffery takes out anger on official after loss (0:32)

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

Roger Federer does not look like a player who missed six months. It took him only 26 minutes to win the first set, 6-2, against Tomas Berdych at the Aussie Open.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

We have rain! The roofs are closing at the Australian Open for the first time this fortnight. This event has more roofs (three) than the other three majors combined (two).

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

What a dominant win for Venus Williams, who dismantled Ying-Ying Duan 6-1, 6-0. This was Venus' easiest triumph at the Australian Open in four years (beat Galina Voskoboeva by the same score).

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

ESPN tennis analysts putting today's action in perspective on another busy day at Melbourne Park.

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ESPN Stats and Information  

Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns scored 27 of his 37 points in the second half. His 15 fourth-quarter points is a career high.

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UCLA men's basketball has 30 assists in a game for the 1st time since Feb. 23, 1995 (32) at Cal.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

DeAndre Jordan is up to a career-high 27 points on 12-for-15 shooting. He's just 3-for-8 from the free throw line though, as the Timberwolves have been mercilessly fouling the C to slow the Clipper down.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Timberwolves closed a 12-point deficit down to 2 points against the Clippers in the third. How? A combined 19 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins in the quarter.

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Matt Wilansky ESPN.com 

We have a Boris Becker sighting. The six-time Slam champion split with Novak Djokovic, who suffered a stunning loss yesterday, late last season.

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

One player that had been picking up the slack with so many Clippers starters in and out of the lineup is Austin Rivers. Off the bench the younger Rivers has averaged 8.5 points and 35.9 percent from deep. As a starter? 16.5 points and 42.3 percent from 3. He's up to 15 points midway through the third quarter.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he has "never seen" anything like what happened at end of tonight when Courtney Lee said Washington assistant Sidney Lowe stepped on court and yelled that help was there for Washington defense, impacting his decision whether to shoot.

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Ball, UCLA putting on a show vs. ASU
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Lonzo Ball's perfect touch-pass assist was part of a 54-point half for No. 3 UCLA, which leads Arizona State by 15 points at halftime.

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Gonzaga well on its way to 18-0
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The 4th-ranked Bulldogs, the nation's lone undefeated team, have used a strong defensive effort to gain a 16-point halftime lead. Here, that defense led to a Silas Melson 3-pointer.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich on Pau Gasol's fractured left fourth metacarpal: "It was pregame. He and Kyle Anderson got hooked up somehow or another in a layup line or just rebound, and broke the finger. We're going to have it looked at tomorrow. But he's going to be out for a while."

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard has his 5th straight 30-point game; joins George Gervin (done 6 times) & Mike Mitchell (done once) as the only players in Spurs history with 30 points in 5 consecutive games.

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LeBron James: will be starting in his 13th straight All-Star game. That will tie Bob Cousy for the most consecutive All-Star game starts in NBA history. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

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Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

The Clippers started Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers in their first game without Chris Paul, out 6-to-8 weeks from thumb surgery. Going small against the Timberwolves wings of Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins has led to mixed results. The Clippers lead late in the first quarter, but the Wolves front court had 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting.

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Nikola Jokic is the 1st Nuggets player to record 3 straight games with 25 points and 10 rebounds since Carmelo Anthony on March 15-18, 2010.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona embarrassing USC in Los Angeles right now. Amazing what Sean Miller has done without Allonzo Trier and other injured players. Might be UCLA's greatest threat in the PAC-12, especially if Dillon Brooks is sidelined beyond tonight.

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony followed up his 25-point second quarter by shooting 2-of-12 the rest of the game

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Dave McMenamin ESPN Staff Writer 

LeBron James says his son, 12-year-old LeBron Jr., who was seen in a recent AAU highlight video completing a through-the-legs layup, has been studying his dad's old high school footage for inspiration. Would LeBron Sr. have been able to do that move at 12? "No, I wouldn't even have had the nerve to try it," James told ESPN.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

John Wall scores the last four points to dash a furious Knicks' comeback and then Washington doesn't allow a Knicks' shot to get up on final possession to escape with a 113-110 win. It's only the fifth road win of the season for Washington. Knicks have now lost 12-of-their-last-15 games.

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Myron Medcalf ESPN Staff Writer 

Bad news for Oregon. Dillon Brooks in locker room with lower left leg injury. Had surgery on left foot in the offseason.

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Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

So after scoring 100 points through three quarters, Washington has been held to nine in the fourth with 1:37 to go. Knicks have been hustling with Derrick Rose even hitting the floor for a loose ball past half court. Madison Square Garden is ready to explode if Knicks take the lead. Knicks trail 109-108.

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