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Barkley: 'I think Dwight is disinterested'

Charles Barkley says Dwight Howard is "starting to break down" in Houston.

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Westbrook makes this dunk look easy

Russell Westbrook blows by Pelicans defenders for the thunderous slam.

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Thunder dominate Pelicans by 26

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant each scored 23 points, and Billy Donovan became the second rookie coach to hit 40 wins before the All-Star break in Oklahoma City's 121-95 win over New Orleans. Box score

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Animated look at the MVP race

While the NBA is filled with stars, Marc Stein wonders if there really is more than one candidate for MVP at the All-Star break.

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Best fantasy hoops seasons of all-time

Not surprisingly, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird and LeBron James rank among the top single-season fantasy performances of all-time. But some of the other names on the list may surprise you. Shawn Marion at 2? (Insider)

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Royce Young @royceyoung

All-Star break looks like it's going to start early for Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant. Thunder second unit closing this one well.

Wizards pull ahead of Bucks entering 4th

Washington went on a 10-2 run to open the third quarter and emerged with a 70-69 lead entering the fourth quarter. John Wall is shooting just 3-for-13 but does have 10 assists. Follow live

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Thunder rolling past Pelicans through 3

Russell Westbrook has 23 points and is one rebound short of a triple-double as Oklahoma City has built up a 95-74 lead over the Pelicans. Follow live

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Royce Young @royceyoung

Westbrook checks out a rebound short of his ninth triple-double, with 2:40 left in the third.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Fresh off his retirement from football, Marshawn Lynch has arrived in Toronto for NBA All-Star Weekend.

Parker leading Bucks at half

After a sluggish start, Jabari Parker scored 12 of his 13 points in the second quarter, helping the Bucks close the half on a 21-6 run and head into the break with a 55-46 lead over the Wizards. Halftime stats

Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant had 17 points in the first half, with Russell Westbrook adding 18 plus five rebounds and seven assists. The Thunder lead the Pelicans 62-53, but it's impossible not to notice the distinct lack of energy and emotion in this one.

Westbrook powers Thunder into halftime

Russell Westbrook is well on his way toward a triple-double as he finished the first half with 18 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds, helping the Thunder jump out to a 62-53 lead over the Pelicans at the break. Halftime stats

TBT: Kevin Hart outduels Mone Davis

Little League World Series star Davis got a nice crossover against Hart in last year's NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, but it was the comedian who earned MVP honors.

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Heat make spot-on 'Martin' intro spoof

The Heat might not be having a noteworthy season on the court (they currently sit at 29-24), but that doesn't mean this video spoof of the iconic intro for the '90s sitcom "Martin" is any less awesome. Chris Bosh for the win

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Royce Young ESPN Staff Writer 

Kevin Durant with 11 points in the opening quarter for the Thunder as they lead the Pelicans 29-25. Both teams look like they're trying to manufacture some energy and intensity.

Globetrotters dunk on everyone at ESPN

Bob Ley has the nickname of "The General" and the Harlem Globetrotters treated him like a Washington General.

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Darren Rovell @darrenrovell

NBA would have to approve each jersey sponsor. Expect only blue chip brands that invest with TV partners would be allowed.

NBA owners to discuss jersey ads Sunday

Putting corporate logos on uniforms is expected to be discussed at the owners during All-Star weekend in Toronto, according to Brian Windhorst and Darren Rovell. Story

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Looking back at the NBA's first half

Lindsay Czarniak breaks down some of the key facts of the NBA's first half.

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LeBron surprises kids with uniforms

LeBron James kicked off All-Star weekend with what could be his best assist of the festivities, surprising school kids in Toronto with new team uniforms. New uniforms for 23 teams

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82 games in 169 days just isn't working

The NBA's 82-game schedule is cruel, unrelenting, back-breaking, knee-busting and illogical. Fatigue robs the NBA of dunks, robs the league of its best players and makes teams play worse. Eliminate back-to-backs

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Durant emotional over coach's loss

Thunder F Kevin Durant expresses sentiments on the death of assistant coach Monty Williams' wife Ingrid.

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Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Rockets center Dwight Howard, reached Thursday by ESPN, says in reference to earlier statement from his agent Dan Fegan: "Dan's statement is true. I have not asked the Rockets to trade me. Nor have I talked about right trades. I want to win. I want this situation to work. I chose this team. And I'm not running because we have been faced with some adversity."