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FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Giannis Antetokounmpo during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo, the do-it-all franchise cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks, has blossomed into an NBA All-Star nearly a year after coach Kidd made him the team’s primary ball-handler. The 6-foot-11 forward is a tough matchup for his athleticism and wingspan. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)
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  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016, file photo, Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd talks with Giannis Antetokounmpo during an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo, the do-it-all franchise cornerstone for the Milwaukee Bucks, has blossomed into an NBA All-Star nearly a year after coach Kidd made him the team’s primary ball-handler. The 6-foot-11 forward is a tough matchup for his athleticism and wingspan. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash, File)

    Giannis blossoms into playmaking All-Star for Bucks

    MILWAUKEE (AP) — As Giannis Antetokounmpo read the defense at the top of the lane, towering over his defender, John Hammond couldn’t help but think of another tall, dynamic ball-handler. The Milwaukee Bucks general manager often resists making comparisons. But in that one moment, the way that the 6-foot-11 Antetokounmpo handled the ball and surveyed […]
  • Indiana Pacers' Paul George, right, drives as Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrew Wiggins defends during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

    George leads Pacers over Timberwolves, 109-103

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Paul George scored 32 points after being picked for his fourth All-Star game to lead the Indiana Pacers to a 109-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night. Myles Turner added 23 points, and Jeff Teague had 20 points, 13 assists and eight rebounds to help the Pacers snap a three-game […]
  • Fans reach for Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) as he leaves the court following their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, in Salt Lake City. The Thunder won 97-95. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Westbrook leads All-Star reserve picks, Wade out

    Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant are teammates again. Gordon Hayward, DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker are about to get their first opportunity on the All-Star stage. Meanwhile, Dwyane Wade’s run of 12 straight selections in the NBA’s midseason showcase is on the cusp of ending. Westbrook — the NBA’s scoring leader and triple-double machine — […]
  • FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2016, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves' Zach LaVine slam dunks the ball during the NBA all-star skills competition in Toronto  What was perhaps the best dunk contest in All-Star weekend history will not get a rematch. LaVine says he will not return to the event to try to win it for a third straight year.(Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

    Wolves’ Zach LaVine will not dunk at All-Star weekend

    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA dunk king is giving up his crown. Minnesota Timberwolves guard Zach LaVine said he will not compete in this year’s slam dunk contest at All-Star weekend in New Orleans, meaning he will not try for an unprecedented third straight title in one of the league’s signature events. “I feel like […]
  • New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, left, falls during a battle for the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Domantas Sabonis, center, and center Enes Kanter, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

    Pelicans All-Star Davis re-injures right thigh vs. Thunder

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis has re-injured his right thigh, limping off the court during Wednesday night’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Pelicans say Davis, who left with 2:11 left in the second quarter, has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Davis had sat out Monday night’s […]
  • Kerr calls some players’ All-Star votes a ‘mockery’

    MIAMI (AP) — Golden State coach Steve Kerr wishes players had taken their voting for the NBA All-Star Game more seriously, calling it a “mockery” after nearly 300 players in the league wound up on at least one ballot. Players had a say in deciding starters for next month’s game in New Orleans, with their […]