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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 around-the-back for the reverse jam (0:44)
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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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1hKevin 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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Allen adds to Cameron mystique with winner at the buzzer (2:02)
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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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Diamond Stone gets technical for 'shot to the head' (1:08)
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13mKevin 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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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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22hKevin 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.

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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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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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Watch out league, Jabari Parker's healthy (0:19)
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22hD'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.

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Canada wins Celebrity Game (1:54)
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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.

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

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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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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."

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Aaron Gordon just scored his third straight 50.

Slam dunk contest: Final round scores
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  • Aaron Gordon: 50, 50
  • Zach LaVine: 50, 50
The dunk contest goes to a dunk off after four perfect scores.

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Zach LaVine just did a windmill from the free-throw line. A perfect 50. We're tied in the final.

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Aaron Gordon took it to the next level, jumping OVER the ball on the mascot's head then dunking it. Another 50.

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Zach LaVine did a very similar dunk to Aaron Gordon, catching off the bounce instead of from a mascot. He also scored a 50.

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Aaron Gordon took the ball from Stuff, who was spinning on his hoverboard, and threw it down while twisting in midair. Shaq could be seen on the video board saying "That's what I'm taking about." Gordon got a perfect 50.