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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, Tom Haberstroh writes.

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Silver: NBA didn't model for historic cap increase

As the NBA prepares for the largest salary-cap jump in league history this summer, commissioner Adam Silver said Saturday that "there will be unintended consequences" of such an increase.

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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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Draft Big Board: Ben Simmons, new lottery pick

Is Ben Simmons still the prize of the NBA draft? Who are the other lottery picks? Who is rising? Chad Ford has his latest Top 30 in NBA draft Big Board 5.0.

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Al Horford is a Hawk in flight

The Atlanta Hawks center would value an NBA title slightly more than an Olympic gold medal.

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Final seconds, who's taking the shot? You or Steph? (1:32)
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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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Kobe Bryant's All-Star accomplishments (2:35)
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30 for 30 Shorts: Friedman's Shoes (11:56)
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All-Time #NBArank countdown: Air Jordan soars above all

The rings. The dunks. The shoes. The GOAT. There's only one Michael Jordan. And after 99 legends of the game graced our list, His Airness has risen as the undisputed champ of All-Time #NBArank.

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Trade talk: Predicting biggest trades in West

Will the Clippers move Blake Griffin? What about the Rockets and Dwight Howard? Our experts break down potential deals in the Western Conference heading toward the NBA trade deadline.

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Young: Heavy hearts in OKC

Playing a game offered an emotional escape for the Thunder and Pelicans as both teams were reeling from the death of Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, Royce Young writes.

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Klay Thompson on Steph Curry, who he beat in the final of the 3-point shootout: "He makes me better every day in practice."

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The 3-Point Shootout trophy is staying in the Bay, but it now belongs to Klay Thompson, who was a perfect 5-for-5 on the money ball rack to finish with 27 points.

3-point competition results

  • 1st: Klay Thompson (27-point final round)
  • 2nd: Steph Curry (23-point final round)
  • 3rd: Devin Booker (16-point final round)

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Silento is here performing his hit song "Watch Me" as the crowd dances along. And yes, that dancing crowd includes Dikembe Mutombo.

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Devin Booker posts a score of 12 in a 30-second shootout, beating J.J. Redick and James Harden to advance to the final of the 3-point shootout, where he'll face the Splash Bros.

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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.

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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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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.

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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."

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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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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.

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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."

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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.

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.

NBA Skills Challenge: Semi-finals

  • Isaiah Thomas elimintes C.J. McCollum
  • Karl-Anthony Towns eliminates DeMarcus Cousins
Thomas and Towns will face each other in the finals for the 2016 Skills Challenge trophy.