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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."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

It's West 144, East 139 heading into the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis has 32 points and 7 rebounds. Russell Westbrook has 31 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds off the bench.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Russell Westbrook caught fire at the end of the third quarter, draining four 3-pointers in the final 1:17 to give him 31 points and give the West a 144-139 lead. Westbrook scored 31 last year and 41 two years ago, winning MVP honors both times. No player has won 3 straight All-Star Game MVP Awards.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis still out in front of all scorers, with 32 points, entering the fourth quarter, but Russell Westbrook (31) is closing in fast.

Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

Which of Giannis Antetokounmpo's eight dunks has been your favorite?

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

So after all the mystery of who would be the plus-1 in the four Warriors All-Star lineup, it turns out it's DeAndre Jordan, who actually signed an offer sheet with Golden State back in 2011 when he first became a free agent.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Midway through the third quarter, Pelicans star Anthony Davis is up to a game-high 32 points. The record for a single All-Star Game is 42 by Wilt Chamberlain in 1962. Russell Westbrook fell a point shy of that mark in 2015, and Paul George did so in 2016.

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.