February 25, 2012; Orlando FL, USA; Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz dunks during the 2012 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

2012 NBA All-Star Weekend: Jeremy Evans Wins Dunk Contest

The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend is underway and the Denver Nuggets have no one in the game.

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NBA All-Star Game 2012 MVP: Kevin Durant Takes Home Most Valuable Player Honors

The West defeated the East 152-149 in the 2012 NBA All-Star game on Sunday night, and Kevin Durant's efforts were a big reason why. Durant scored 36 points on 14-25 shooting, including 3-8 shooting from beyond the arc. His fine play helped the West build a big lead on the East at the half, which the West carried into the fourth quarter.

Related: Complete coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star weekend.

Durant was not much of a factor in the scoring in the fourth quarter, however, and the East managed to claw back into the game thanks to a hot-shooting LeBron James, among others. James also finished the night with 36 points and probably would have captured MVP honors himself had the East prevailed.

Kobe Bryant scored 27 for the West, while Dwyane Wade had a triple-double for the East.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game Final Score: West Fends Off East For 152-149 Victory

For a while it didn't look like the 2012 All-Star game would have much fourth quarter drama, as the West had a 19-point lead at halftime and led by as many as 21 in the second half. But the East put together an impressive rally down the stretch, pulling to within one point before falling 152-149.

Related: Complete coverage of the 2012 NBA All-Star game.

LeBron James -- who scored 36 points on the night -- was a huge part of the East's rally, but it was a crucial miscue on his part in the final minute that helped seal the team's fate. With the ball in his hands and the East down two with less than 10 seconds left, James fired a pass to what he thought was an open teammate in the corner, but the West's Blake Griffin stole it away. Griffin was fouled and hit 1-2 free throws to give the game its final margin.

Kevin Durant, who was named the MVP of the contest, led the West with 36 points, and Kobe Bryant scored 27.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 NBA All-Star Weekend concludes on Sunday night with the All-Star Game itself. After a lackluster Saturday night of skills competitions (Jeremy Evans won the Slam Dunk contest through 29 percent of the fan vote), the star-studded game will also mark the end of a weekend that didn't include a single Denver Nuggets player. And even if the Nuggets had a player selected as a reserve, chances are he would have been unlikely to play in the game (Nene has struggled and is injured; Danilo Gallinari has been great, but is injured).

A complete roster can be found here. TNT will have 90 minutes of pregame coverage that begins at 4:00 p.m. MT.

Last year, the West defeated the East, 148-143 -- because no one plays defense in an All-Star Game.

Game Date/Time: Sunday, Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m. MT

Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida

TV: TNT

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012: Jeremy Evans Wins With 29% Of Vote

Jeremy Evans, an injury replacement for the New York Knicks' Iman Shumpert, won the 2012 NBA Slam Dunk Contest with 29 percent of the vote. The Jazz forward involved Kevin Hart in a lackluster skit that involved Hart coming out to the court as a mailman. Jazz, Karl Malone, mailman -- yeah, we knew where this was instantly going. In the parcel Hart delivered was a Karl Malone jersey for Evans to win. He donned the uniform and then jumped over Hart for his final dunk of the night.


Evans' best dunk was probably this one:

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Any time a player has to dunk two balls on one attempt, it ranks higher than all of the others. First, Evans needs to jump over his teammate who throws the ball in the air; then he needs to control both balls while in the air; and finally he needs to slam both of them home before he lands back on the ground.

The only way to beat that one would have been to dunk over a KIA while dunking two balls. We saw one ball over a KIA last year with Blake Griffin.

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Slam Dunk Contest 2012 Video: Paul George Jumps Over 7'2" Roy Hibbert

Indiana Pacers forward Paul George completed a dunk that involved a jump over his 7-foot-2 teammate, Roy Hibbert. Dahntay Jones was standing in front of Hibbert, which makes it a two-person leap, but Jones is just 6 feet 6 and an afterthought as a result of his size.


Now, Charles Barkley wasn't quite that impressed because George had to use his left hand to push off on Hibbert's left shoulder, providing an extra bit of leverage to complete the dunk. I don't agree with that at all, and it did take several tries to get this done. Just to pull off a successful dunk like that is sweet.

Remember, the fans will vote for the winning dunk this year. The judges have no part in it this year. But the Dunk Intensity Meter doesn't add much, either.

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2012 NBA Three-Point Shootout: Kevin Love Defeats Kevin Durant

Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love is the 2012 NBA Three-Point Shooting champion, following his 17-14 finals tiebreaker victory over Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant. Love almost missed making the finals of the Three-Point Shootout because he was tied with Mario Chalmers at 18 buckets after the first round. He won the tiebreaker to advance to the finals. He and Durant both tied at 16 in that part of the competition.

James Jones, the defending champion, won the first round with 22 threes and was followed by Durant's 20. Jones, though, disappointed in the finals with just 12 threes.

Orlando's Ryan Anderson and New Jersey's Anthony Morrow were eliminated in the first round following scores of 17 and 14, respectively.

Round 1 (order of participation)

Mario Chalmers 18
Kevin Love 18*
Anthony Morrow 14
Kevin Durant 20
Ryan Anderson 17
James Jones 22

* - Advanced on tiebreaker

Round 2

Kevin Love 16
Kevin Durant 16
James Jones 12

Finals Tiebreaker

Kevin Love 17
Kevin Durant 14

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2012 NBA Shooting Stars Competition: Team New York Defeats Team Texas By 10.3 Second

Team Texas was unable to become the first team to repeat as winners of the Shooting Star Competition, falling to Team New York in the final round. Allan Houston hit the winning three-point attempt to give the Knicks a finishing time of 37.3 seconds, 10.3 seconds better than Texas.

Houston, Landry Fields and Cappie Pondexter formed the winning team. TNT's Kenny Smith was the sharpshooter for Team Texas, hitting the three-point shot in each round, but as a whole they just didn't have enough to beat New York.

New York was the top finisher each time, and the final round was better by 1.4 seconds. Only Orlando, the host team, was unable to complete things in under a minute, going four seconds over.

Round 1 Results (order of participation)

New York 38.7
Texas 42.7
Orlando 1:04
Atlanta 55.3

Round 2 Results

Texas 47.6
New York 37.3

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NBA Three-Point Contest 2012 Time, TV Schedule And More

While Dunk Contest participants have the burden of bringing a sufficient amount of creativity and style to the competition, the players in the Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout will do more or less two things: show up and shoot. And this year, it's the Three-Point Shootout that's bringing the star power to Saturday night's All-Star circus.

The headliners are Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, who is a late replacement for the injured Joe Johnson, and Minnesota's Kevin Love. Orlando's Ryan Anderson, one of the deadliest long range shooters in the league, will be the hometown favorite, and the crowd in Orlando would likely love to see him take down James Jones and Mario Chalmers of the Miami Heat. Anthony Morrow of the New Jersey Nets rounds out this year's field.

Here's the full list of participants:

What: Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout

Game Time: All-Star festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. MT

TV: TNT

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NBA Shooting Stars Competition 2012 Preview And Participants

The 2012 Shooting Stars Competition will heat up once again with Team Atlanta looking to make it back-to-back victories after 2011's defeat of Team Texas. Joining those two teams this year will be Team New York and host Team Orlando.

This is a competition that puts six shooting locations around half of the court, forcing the three-person teams to hit one shot before the next player can attempt his or her shot. Speed is the name of the game here, and the teams with the fastest times advance to the final round. The championship round features the same setup, including the difficult half-court shot.

Here are the teams, which include one current player from the team, one past player and one WNBA player:

  1. Team New York: Knicks guard Landry Fields, WNBA star Cappie Pondexter and former Knick Allan Houston.
  2. Team Atlanta: Hawks forward Jerry Stackhouse, WNBA star Lindsey Harding and former Hawk Steve Smith.
  3. Team Texas: Rockets forward Chandler Parsons, WNBA star Sophia Young and former Rocket Kenny Smith.
  4. Team Orlando: Magic guard Jameer Nelson, WNBA star Marie Ferdinand-Harris and former Magic star Dennis Scott.

Time: 6:30 p.m. MT, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012

Location: Amway Center, Orlando, Fla.

TV: TNT

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NBA Slam Dunk Contest 2012 Time, TV Schedule And More

There has been a lot of handwringing over the lack of star power in this year's NBA Slam Dunk Contest, but the beauty of the event is that we don't know what the participants have in store. This year's group features two young players from teams in the Denver Nuggets' division, as well as two of the best young swingmen in the game.

If the Dunk Contest has a headliner, it just may be Derrick Williams of the Minnesota Timberwolves, who was last seen on a national stage throwing down monster dunks on the Duke Blue Devils in last year's NCAA Tournament. He'll be joined by super-athletic Indiana Pacers forward Paul George, Jeremy Evans of the Utah Jazz and Chase Budinger of the Houston Rockets.

What: Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

Game Time: All-Star festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. MT

TV: TNT

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2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge: Kyrie Irving Dazzles In Victory

Kyrie Irving is a bit off the map playing for the Cleveland Cavaliers, but he more than made his mark on the national stage tonight in the 2012 NBA Rising Stars Challenge. Irving scored 34 points on Friday night to along with nine assists, but the real stunner was his 8-8 shooting from three-point range which helped Team Chuck (the team drafted by Charles Barkley) to a 146-133 victory over Team Shaq (the team drafted by Shaquille O'Neal).

Team Chuck shot 64.5% from the field and 55% from three, which easily bested Team Shaq, who was especially dismal from three, going 12-41. Team Shaq was led by Irving's teammate in Cleveland, Tristan Thompson, who shot 10-11 from the field in scoring 20 points. New York Knicks point guard Jeremy Lin scored two points on 1-4 shooting for Team Shaq in only 8:55 seconds of play.

Blake Griffin, who will take tomorrow night off before joining the big boys in the All-Star game, scored 10 points in ten and a half minutes of play.

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2012 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game: East Leads West 49-31 At Halftime

The first half of the Celebrity All-Star Game has been light on defense and heavy on botched layups, and the East has been able to build a 49-31 lead at the break. The game is on pace to be far more high-scoring than last year's more sluggish affair, which can't hurt.

Related: NBA All-Star Viewing Guide: How To Enjoy The Worst Events Of The Weekend

So far, one of the stars for the East has been Arne Duncan, who is the United States Secretary of Education. Duncan, a former varsity basketball player at Harvard, scored 15 points in the half and added five rebounds and five steals.

Kevin Durant is going to have to dig deep into his coaching bag of tricks to get his West team back into this contest in the second half.

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NBA Rookie-Sophomore Game 2012 Time, TV Schedule And More

The format for the rookie-sophomore game has changed for 2012, but the game will still feature some of the best first- and second-year players in the NBA. The difference this year is that they'll be mixed together -- the two teams were selected via a draft similar to the one conducted by the NHL to decide its All-Star teams.

Related: NBA All-Star Viewing Guide: How To Enjoy The Worst Events Of The Weekend

Charles Barkley was responsible for building "Team Chuck," while Shaquille O'Neal drafted "Team Shaq." O'Neal had the first pick, and not surprisingly, he took Blake Griffin of the Clippers. He also nabbed Jeremy Lin.

Barkley picked up Kyrie Irving, who may be on his way to Rookie of the Year honors, as well as DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall.

What: BBVA Rising Stars Challenge

Game Time: 7:00 p.m. MT

TV: TNT

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2012 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Time, TV Schedule And More

The 2012 NBA All-Star weekend is set to begin on Friday night with the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, which will pit some stars from the worlds of music, movies and television against each other.

Related: NBA All-Star Viewing Guide: How To Enjoy The Worst Events Of The Weekend

There are also several former NBA players involved, including Penny Hardaway and Mitch Richmond. Here's a look at the rosters:

This year's players include celebrities from film, TV and music and will feature Grammy Award-winner Ne-Yo (R&B/pop); Common (Just Wright); JB Smoove ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"); Vinny Guadagnino ("Jersey Shore"); Kevin Hart (Laugh At My Pain); Javier Colon ("The Voice"); Drew and Jonathan Scott ("Property Brothers"); Jesse Williams ("Grey's Anatomy"); NBA Legends Mitch Richmond (six-time NBA All-Star), Penny Hardaway (four-time NBA All-Star), and Nick Anderson (NBA legend); 2011 WNBA MVP Tamika Catchings (WNBA, Indiana Fever); and Doug Gottlieb (ESPN, "The Doug Gottlieb Show").

Dwight Howard of the Magic will coach the East team, and Kevin Durant of the Thunder will handle the West.

The East won the game 54-49 in 2011, with Justin Beiber taking home MVP honors.

What: 2012 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

Game Time: 5:00 p.m. MT

TV: ESPN

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2012 NBA All-Star Game: Dirk Nowitzki Over Danilo Gallinari Doesn't Bother SB Nation's Tom Ziller

On Thursday the NBA announced reserves for the 2012 NBA All-Star game in Orlando. Denver Nuggets small forward and leading scorer Danilo Gallinari had been on the fringe of the All-Star picture and considered a finalist for a reserved spot, but he ultimately didn't make the cut. Instead, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki took the spot Gallinari had hoped to get. Gallo was not alone in his disappointment, as Utah Jazz forward Paul Millsap also missed out on the honor, but did they truly get snubbed? SB Nation's Tom Ziller tackled the subject of perceived snubs on Friday, and he thinks the selections were fair in the end:

Out West, the major issue is that Dirk Nowitzki got in over perhaps more deserving forwards Pau Gasol,Paul Millsap and Danilo Gallinari or one of the myriad guards considered (James Harden, Monta Ellis,Ricky Rubio among them). Dirk is having his worst season since 2000 (his second year), but his performance has been right on par with all of those other options. Nowitzki has been so, so good the last 10 years that when he's less than amazing he looks like a shadow of himself. But as it turns out, the shadow of Dirk Nowitzki still legitimately has a case as one of the top 12 players in the West.

Gallinari is having a breakout season and leads the Nuggets in points per game at 17.0, but is out for approximately four weeks with an ankle injury suffered on Monday night against the Houston Rockets.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game Rosters: No Denver Nuggets Players Make The Western Conference Team

On Thursday night, the full NBA All-Star Game rosters were announced, and no Denver Nuggets players made the Western Conference team. Nene Hilario most likely came closest to making the All-Star Game, as he had been among the top vote-getters at the center position. Danilo Gallinari also got some consideration from voters.

The rosters for both teams can be viewed here; the West team is listed below, with an asterisk next to the names of the starters.

The 2012 All-Star game is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 26 at 5:00 p.m. MT. The game will be televised by TNT.

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NBA All-Star Roster: League To Announce Rosters Thursday Night

The NBA is prepared to announce the 2011-12 All-Star rosters Thursday night at 7 p.m. EST on a TNT pre-game special. The Nuggets are hoping to have two representatives in the upcoming NBA All-Star game, with both C Nene and F Danilo Gallinari among the top vote recipients in the All-Star voting.

Gallinari recently had a severe ankle sprain, however, an injury likely to keep him out of action for at least a month. NBA analyst Tom Ziller recently named Gallinari as a possible wild card for getting into the All-Star Game, but the his injury would likely remove him from the rosters automatically even if he is given the honor.

Ziller also said Nuggets center Nene holds an inside track as a top injury replacement candidate. Nene was most recently in fourth place among the Western Conference centers with 144,066 votes.

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2012 NBA All-Star Game Voting: Nene 4th Among Centers, Danilo Gallinari Hanging On At 10th

The Denver Nuggets (10-5) are looking to place two team members on the 2012 NBA All-Star Roster this year, with both C Nene and SF Danilo Gallinari among the top vote recipients this season.

Nene led the league in the 2010-2011 season with a .615 shooting percentage and currently leads the Nuggets with 8.8 rebounds per game. The 6'11" center out of Brazil also sports the league's third best defensive rebound percentage, snatching 27.2% of his defensive rebound chances.

Meanwhile, Gallinari sits tied for fourth in the league with 27 steals and leads the team with 238 points. Playing in his first full season with the Nuggets, the 23-year-old Italian has averaged a career-best 15.9 points pet game in the 2011-2012 season.

In 2011, the Nuggets placed only one player in the All-Star Game, SF Carmelo Anthony -- who the Nuggets traded to the New York Nicks (6-8) this offseason. The voting for the 2012 All-Star Game closes on January 31.

Here are the current vote standings for both Nene and Gallinari's positions:

Western Conference Centers

  1. Andrew Bynum (LAL) 777,365
  2. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 214,883
  3. Marc Gasol (Mem) 182,992
  4. Nenê (Den) 144,066
  5. Marcin Gortat (Pho) 92,511
  6. Kendrick Perkins (OKC) 66,380

Western Conference Forwards

  1. Kevin Durant (OKC) 973,152
  2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 619,913
  3. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 354,434
  4. Pau Gasol (LAL) 327,596
  5. Kevin Love (Min) 232,656
  6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 188,829
  7. Tim Duncan (SA) 133,575
  8. Lamar Odom (Dal) 96,080
  9. Metta World Peace (LAL) 63,055
  10. Danilo Gallinari (Den) 59,646

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2012 NBA All-Star Voting: Nene And Danilo Gallinari Are Nuggets Getting Early Votes

Nene and Danilo Gallinari are Denver Nuggets getting some early votes for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game.

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