Durant to defend title

NEW YORK -- Kevin Durant will defend his title in the H-O-R-S-E competition at All-Star weekend.

The Oklahoma City Thunder forward will face fellow All-Star Rajon Rondo of the Boston Celtics and Sacramento Kings rookie Omri Casspi. The field was announced Monday night on TNT, which will televise Saturday's events.

Durant won the inaugural competition last year in Phoenix, hitting some long jumpers to rally after picking up four early letters and beat the Atlanta Hawks' Joe Johnson and Memphis Grizzlies guard O.J. Mayo.

If a player makes a shot in H-O-R-S-E, the next competitor must make the same shot or receive a letter. A player gets an 'H' for his first miss and is eliminated once he has all five letters of the word.

The H-O-R-S-E competition will take place at Jam Session at the Dallas Convention Center.