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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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Westbrook and Durant warm up on opposite ends of the court (0:23)
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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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Anthony Davis already among the world's best (0:59)
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An all-access pass to the dunk contest (3:23)
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Grading the 2017 Slam Dunk Contest

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What to expect at the All-Star Game (1:19)

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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).

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Marc Gasol has been more entertaining than expected in the All-Star setting.

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.