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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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Melo says he's 'never seen' anything like end of Knicks game (1:23)
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Melo sets franchise record with 25-point quarter (0:50)
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Davis shocked Thunder players didn't back up Westbrook (1:13)
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'Trust the Process' under Embiid (0:53)
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Harden, Antetokounmpo put on a show against each other (0:49)
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Can ASG bring KD, Russell back together? (1:47)
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Thomas throws ball between defender's legs (0:20)
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The city of Boston has given new life to Isaiah Thomas (2:26)
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Does Chris Paul deserve better luck after the injuries and playoff disappointments? How much will his absence hurt the Clippers? Kevin Pelton takes a look.

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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Here's coach Gregg Popovich on the left foot injury that kept Tony Parker out of Thursday's win over the Denver Nuggets: "It has happened before where his ankle kind of gets locked up, and so I think we know what we need to do for it, and I think he'll be back for Cleveland (on Saturday). It was really bothering him. He couldn't go on it at all."

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.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Carmelo Anthony says he didn't expect the media to vote for him to be an East All-Star starter. He also says he got into it with a Knicks fan during his franchise record-setting second quarter when he scored 25 points. "He was telling me to wake up, do my job and a professional... as I was scoring there," Anthony said.

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.

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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Michael C. Wright ESPN Staff Writer 

Denver's Nikola Jokic is the first Nuggets player to post 3 straight games with 25 points or more and 10 rebounds since Carmelo Anthony on March 15-18, 2010, per @ESPNStatsInfo. He had 35 and 12 against the Spurs.

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."

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

Austin Rivers hit Nemanja Bjelica with a snappy in-out move off a pick-and-roll and Bjelica's ankles went out for the count.

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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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With their win over the Knicks, the Wizards are 16-6 since December 8 (best record in the Eastern Conference).

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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)

Andrew Han ESPN Writer 

If you have a +12.1 net rating differential, and shooting 52.4 percent from the field, you'd like to think you're up by more than 3 points. But that's where the Timberwolves are through one quarter. The good news (if you're Minnesota) is Andrew Wiggins is scoring and getting to the line with ease.

Ohm Youngmisuk ESPN Staff Writer 

Courtney Lee says a Wizards assistant coach was on the floor next to him saying, "I got your help" and that kept him from thinking he had an open shot.

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Qiushi Li ESPN 

John Wall on the All-Star voting: "Hopefully I'm a reserve. A lot of great guards playing in the East this year. Congratulate to all the guys that start. They've been playing well this season, a great season so far. Hopefully I'll be joining those guys next week."

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

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.

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.