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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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LaVine goes between-the-legs for the win (0:45)
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When mascot rides a hover board, timing is everything on a dunk (0:33)
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Thompson outduels Curry, wins 3-point Shootout (0:48)
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1mKevin Pelton

All-Star Grades: 3-point contest

Klay Thompson edged fellow Splash Brother Stephen Curry to win the 3-point contest during All-Star Saturday night.

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LaVine goes around-the-back for the reverse jam (0:44)
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Towns beats out Thomas to win Skills Challenge (0:22)
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Diamond Stone gets technical for 'shot to the head' (1:08)
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31mKevin 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.

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O'Neil: Graham beats Hield 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.

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Gary Payton II is set for takeoff... and a dunk (0:25)
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WATCH - Anderson's extraordinary catch (0:46)
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3hOhm 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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Jim Brown on significance of Hampton lacrosse (3:43)
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Calipari ejected, Kentucky routs South Carolina (1:42)
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NBA All-Stars try to name five famous Canadians (2:15)
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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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Prem: Sunderland 2-1 Man United (2:05)
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Sage Steele and Stephen A. Smith talk potential NBA trades (2:04)
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Hampton president: 'We are pioneering things here' (1:55)
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8hDavid 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.

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Joseph Blandisi's ridiculous between-the-legs goal (0:28)
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Kobe Bryant All-Star Mixtape (2:42)
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2dJohnette 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.

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

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Over a mascot, under the legs, into history
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Aaron Gordon jumped over Stuff the Magic Dragon, then put the ball under BOTH legs for the slam.

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Between the legs, just inside the line
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That's what Zach LaVine needed to do to win a dunk off.

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Gordon times a perfect 360 dunk
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Aaron Gordon dunked the ball from Stuff the Magic Dragon, spinning on a hover board.

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Aaron Gordon on all the time he spent practicing with the Magic mascot: "Me and him are now like best friends."

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When asked if we'll have a rematch next year, Aaron Gordon said: "I kinda did a lot of dunks." But he adds he'd come back if invited in 2017.

3-point trophy stays in Splash Bros. family
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Klay Thompson scored a 27 in the final round to topple Steph Curry's 23 and win the 3-Point Shootout. Curry won the trophy in 2015.

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Towns upsets in Skills Challenge win
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Karl-Anthony Towns defeated Isaiah Thomas to win the 2016 All-Star Skills Challenge. It was the first year big men were invited to participate.

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Zach LaVine says of Aaron Gordon's dunks in the final: "That was some of the craziest stuff I've ever seen."

Texas Tech rolls in upset of No. 21 Baylor
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The Red Raiders earned their second straight win over a Top-25 team with an 84-66 win on the road.

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Around-the-back reverse jam
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Zach LaVine 's first dunk: Around-the-back, reverse, one-hand. Perfect score.

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One for the ages. Zach LaVine got the better of Aaron Gordon to claim his second slam dunk title in a row. [Credit: Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE]

When the dunk contest goes to a dunk off
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Even Drake was at a loss for words.

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UNLV's thunderous putback dunk
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Derrick Jones Jr. rose over a crowd to clean up the miss with one hand.

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Dunk contest champ Zach LaVine says: "I don't know what we just did. That was creative." Adds he thinks he and Aaron Gordon should share the trophy.

Slam dunk contest: Dunk off scores
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  • Aaron Gordon: 50, 47
  • Zach LaVine: 50, 50
Zach LaVine repeats as Slam Dunk champion.

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2 of 2: Slam dunk contest
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Aaron Gordon roared.

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1 of 2: Slam dunk contest
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Zach LaVine soared.

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Zach LaVine takes off from a foot inside the FT line then goes between his legs for another 50, and a second straight dunk contest title.

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Aaron Gordon put it all the way behind his head, then his legs, then dunked. But only a 47.

LaVine and Gordon's dunk off ...
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Has Drake like ...

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Zach LaVine matches Aaron Gordon with a 50. The in-arena announcer says "We can do this all night."