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All-Stars ready to put on show in LA

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LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA's All-Star version of a pickup game is taking center stage in Hollywood.

The 67th version of the All-Star Game on Sunday night features teams picked by captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Dispensing with the usual East vs. West format, the league is creating a new look to its annual showcase with teams picked regardless of geography.

That's how Curry and Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green will be going against Kevin Durant, and how James will play alongside Oklahoma City duo Russell Westbrook and Paul George.

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Jazz rookie Mitchell wins dunk contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA dunk contest was a throwback in many ways, with a 21-year-old rookie and a 25-year-old, third-year pro fighting it out for the trophy.

Larry Nance Jr. rolled out his father's old uniform - down to the knee-high socks - and then rolled out his father himself to help with one of his dunks. But he came up short against Donovan Mitchell, the precocious Utah Jazz rookie with his own sense of history.

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Nash, Kidd, Hill among HOF finalists

LOS ANGELES (AP) Point guards could run the show in the next Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class, with Jason Kidd and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash among the 13 finalists announced Saturday morning.

Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Maurice Cheeks and Chris Webber also made the cut, but the two standout point guards are all but locks to headline the class, which will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio.

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Suns' Booker captures 3-point contest

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):

6:45 p.m.

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James won't be silent on social issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) LeBron James says he will not stick to sports.

The Cleveland Cavaliers superstar reiterated his determination to speak out on social issues and the nation's political climate Saturday during his media availability for the NBA All-Star Game.

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Nets' Dinwiddie wins skills competition

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

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Pacers' George serenaded by Lakers fans

LOS ANGELES (AP) The NBA All-Star Game added spice to its 67th edition by allowing the captains to pick their teams. Team LeBron vs. Team Steph has replaced the traditional East-West format, shuffling allegiances and turning antagonists into uneasy teammates.

But with the world's best basketball players all converging on Los Angeles, the hungry fans of the hometown Lakers are eager to pick their own dream team as well.

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Drummond rips All-Star selection process

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Latest on NBA All-Star Saturday (all times local):

3:40 p.m.

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Silver praises refs, players for meeting

LOS ANGELES (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league's players and referees are on their way to forging an improved relationship.

In his state-of-the-league news conference before the All-Star Saturday festivities at Staples Center, Silver said the NBA "should be playing a very active role in bridging that gap" between the players and referees, whose relationship appears to be growing increasingly tenuous this season.

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Lakers' Frye undergoes appendectomy

LOS ANGELES (AP) Lakers forward Channing Frye has undergone an appendectomy.

The team announced Saturday that its new acquisition had the laparoscopic procedure Friday night in Cleveland.

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