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No contest: Study shows shooters better than ever

Steph Curry vs. Larry Legend. Are today's 3-point shooters greater than their predecessors? The answer can be found from watching NBA 3-point contests.

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1hOhm Youngmisuk

Youngmisuk: A slam-dunk Q&A with Vince Carter

It might have been one slam dunk, but Vince Carter launched a nation of Canadian basketball fans with his 2000 Slam Dunk performance.

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11mKevin Pelton

All-Star Grades: Skills contest

Score one for the big men! Karl-Anthony Towns outdid players great and small in the 2016 Skills Challenge during All-Star Saturday night.

Allen adds to Cameron mystique with winner at the buzzer (2:02)
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O'Neil: Graham beats Heild at own game

Devonte' Graham stole the show from player of the year favorite Buddy Hield in Kansas' big win at Oklahoma. Not bad for a guy who almost went to Appalachian State.

Diamond Stone gets technical for 'shot to the head' (1:08)
Kansas beats Oklahoma on the road (1:28)
20hKevin Pelton

All-Star Grades: Rising Stars

Here's Kevin Pelton's grades for the Rising Stars game, which pits the top young NBA players against one another in a Team USA-versus-World format. Team USA won 157-154.

Jim Brown on significance of Hampton lacrosse (3:43)
Calipari ejected, Kentucky routs South Carolina (1:42)
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Indiana HS wins record 30th swim title in row

The Carmel High School girls swimming team set a national record for most consecutive state titles in any sport, winning its 30th straight Saturday at the IHSAA girls state championships.

NBA All-Stars try to name five famous Canadians (2:15)
1dScoop Jackson

Scoop Jackson: Thirty years of Jordans

If you think Air Jordans are just sneakers, you're missing the point. Scoop Jackson details the 30-year reign of the world's most recognizable basketball shoe.

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Sage Steele and Stephen A. Smith talk potential NBA trades (2:04)
Hampton president: 'We are pioneering things here' (1:55)
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6hDavid Schoenfield

Ranking the teams: 24 through 19

Twins still a year away? David Schoenfield continues his pre-spring training rankings with a look at teams that fall closer to the middle of the pack.

Joseph Blandisi's ridiculous between-the-legs goal (0:28)
Watch out league, Jabari Parker's healthy (0:19)
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20hD'Arcy Maine

The Buzz: NBA Celeb Game grades

The NBA and WNBA's best and brightest are in Toronto this weekend for the All-Star festivities. Friday night's Celebrity Game might not have had the same talent caliber, but it was entertaining.

Canada wins Celebrity Game (1:54)
Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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1dJohnette Howard

Why Manning's decision might not be so easy

Justin Tuck, Jerome Bettis, Damien Woody and Bill Polian provide insight into the things an NFL player like Peyton Manning takes into consideration when deciding whether to retire.

Best Dunks of the Season (So Far) (1:59)
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1dSonia Thompson

The Buzz: Kristen Wiig is hilarious as Super Bowl champ

Jimmy Fallon interviews Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning, aka Kristen Wiig dressed in a full Broncos uniform, and you'll be cracking up for the full six minutes.

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4dRobert Sanchez

TrueHoop Presents: Jahlil Okafor opens up

For the first time ever, the 76ers rookie discusses his run-ins with the law and growing up in the NBA spotlight. Can he put this season's troubles behind him and focus on the game?

1dPaul Lukas

Uni Watch: History of NBA All-Star design

Friday Flashback: NBA All-Star Game design has bounced all over the place, like a Larry Bird shot in a game of H-O-R-S-E. Paul Lukas explores the history of the showcase game's uniforms.

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Bosh to have more tests on 'lingering' calf issue

All-Star forward Chris Bosh will have more exams on his strained right calf when he gets back to Miami, possibly as early as Monday to determine the status and severity of the problem.


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Kyle Lowry puts up a 15 and gets eliminated, but still gets a huge ovation from the crowd.


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Steph Curry electrified the crowd, making 11 in a row at one point and draining a money ball at the buzzer to advance to the final.


3-point competition: Round 1 results

  • Klay Thompson: 22
  • Stephen Curry: 21
  • James Harden: 20
  • J.J. Redick: 20
  • Devin Booker: 20
  • Kyle Lowry: 15
  • C.J. McCollum: 14
  • Khris Middleton: 13


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Devin Booker overcame a dismal start to finish with a 20, tying him with James Harden and J.J. Redick for second with two shooters left in the first round of the 3-point shootout.


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Fresh off his strong performance in the Celebrity Game, Jason Sudeikis is here with fiancée Olivia Wilde.


No. 1 Villanova with slim lead at half

Daniel Ochefu went 5-of-6 from the floor and was the only scorer in double figures to help Villanova to a 28-27 lead over St. John's. The Red Storm is 0-12 in the Big East. Stats

Duke beats No. 7 Virginia at the buzzer

Grayson Allen banked in a wild, contested shot from close as time expired to get the unranked Blue Devils a 63-62 win, their fourth straight W.


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James Harden licked his hand right before releasing his final shot, putting up a score of 20 in the 3-point contest. That's tied for 2nd behind Klay Thompson (22) after 3 shooters.

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Stephen Curry says there's a different rhythm to shooting off a rack, but adds "at the end of the day you gotta make shots."

No. 21 Baylor has backdoor lob working

Lester Medford found Taurean Prince on the alley-oop, but the Bears trail the Red Raiders on ESPNU.


Cal's Jaylen Brown dunks on defender

Brown climbed over an Oregon State defender to throw down a vicious slam.


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The biggest ovation of the night so far was, no surprise, for Kyle Lowry.

All-Star 3-point competition

Steph Curry is the defending champion, but J.J. Redick leads all contestants in 3-point percentage heading into the contest, shooting a blistering 48 percent from deep through 53 games.

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Burton gets crowd going in Ames

Deonte Burton's one-handed slam brought the Iowa State fans to their feet early on ESPN.


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Against all odds, Kevin Hart beat Draymond Green 13-12 in their 3-point shootout. Draymond still got a trophy that might be taller than Kevin.

The road to the dunk contest

Zach LaVine proved last year why he belongs in the dunk contest. But here's some compelling arguments from Andre Drummond, Will Barton and Aaron Gordon.


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Yes, a Draymond Green vs. Kevin Hart 3-point contest is about to happen.


Wisconsin upsets No. 2 Maryland

The Terrapins' 27-game home winning streak came to an end in a 70-57 loss to the Badgers, who got 21 points from Vitto Brown. Box score


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Karl-Anthony Towns after his Skills Competition win: "I'm definitely talking some trash to Ricky Rubio. He doubted me the whole way."

NBA Skills Challenge: Final

7-foot center Karl-Anthony Towns beat 5-foot-9 point guard Isaiah Thomas through the course and nailed the 3-pointer on his third try, claiming the 2016 crown. Towns is the tallest player to win the NBA Skills Challenge.


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The first upset of the night comes via Karl-Anthony Towns, who beat Isaiah Thomas in the skills competition, then was mobbed by his fellow big men - and the Heat mascot.