The Stars Come Out

Feb. 18-20, Pepsi Center, Denver
Event Story
Rookie Challenge Sophs win 3rd in row over Rooks
3-Point Shootout Q-Rich gets hot, edges Korver
Slam-Dunk Contest Josh wows Denver crowd
54th All-Star Game Iverson the MVP in East victory

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Iverson overcomes altitude to win All-Star MVP
Feeling no need to take things over -- only to play hard, distribute and let other guys do their thing, Allen Iverson was selected MVP of the All-Star Game Sunday night.
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Grant Hill has made an amazing comeback. Next comes a real challenge: winning in the playoffs.
Smith slams into history; Richardson wins on 3s
Josh Smith scored a 50 on his first dunk of the finals wearing the jersey of former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins, highlighting his victory Saturday.
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Sure, the NBA was disappointed that LeBron wasn't in the dunk contest. So it should pay to play.
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Now that LeBron says he's out of the dunk contest, look for Josh and J.R. Smith to show their stuff.
All-Star LeBron won't be dunking on ankle
LeBron James barely held up in Thursday night Cavs-Timberwolves games because of the flu, but he won't be participating in the Slam Dunk Contest on All-Star Weekend because of an ankle injury.
Anthony: Skills Challenge a great show Insider
The All-Star Skills Competition shows kids the fundamentals they need to learn to be successful.
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Sneaker designers jockey for position in Denver
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Ill-Advised: Tracy McGrady
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Stein: LeBron answers age-old question
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Shanoff: Hot/not for NBA All-Star break
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Anthony: Growing pains Insider
While LeBron James continues to develop as a player, Carmelo Anthony is struggling to keep up.
Charlotte's Okafor to miss Rookie Challenge
Charlotte Bobcats forward Emeka Okafor will miss Friday night's Rookie Challenge because of a sprained left ankle.
Brawl fallout: NBA tightens security for arenas
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Hang time: LeBron undecided for dunk contest
Usually the one with his feet off the floor, LeBron James has everyone else hanging.
The Sports Guy: Dear, Toronto
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Neel: Insanity!
Vince Carter is doing great things again. Eric Neel is hoping he can keep it up.
Ric Bucher: The All-Quasar Team
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Stein: The All-Harper Team
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Legler: Two major All-Star snubs Insider
For the most part, the coaches' All-Star selections are just fine. But there are a pair of glaring omissions.
Arenas, Nash headline All-Star Skills Challenge
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Denver expects All-Star Game economic boon
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Kobe says he'll play in All-Star game if healthy
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Lenard to defend trey title despite torn Achilles
Nuggets shooting guard Voshon Lenard will defend his 3-point shootout title despite an Achilles tendon injury that has kept him on the bench all season. Lenard will face Ray Allen, Vladimir Radmanovic, Joe Johnson, Quentin Richardson and Kyle Korver.
Wade, Ginobili among first-time All-Stars
Miami's Dwyane Wade and San Antonio's Manu Ginobili were among six players picked as NBA All-Stars for the first time when reserves were announced Tuesday. Amare Stoudemire, Rashard Lewis, and teammates Gilbert Arenas and Antawn Jamison also were picked.
Marc Stein: All-Star subs
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Marc Stein: All-Stars start here
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Hill's comeback now includes All-Star start
Grant Hill of the Orlando Magic edged Indiana's Jermaine O'Neal by slightly more than 65,000 votes for a starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team.
Rocket top: Yao leading Shaq in All-Star voting
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Coke will invade Pepsi Center at All-Star event
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Yao dwarfs Brad Miller, Shaq in All-Star voting
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Houston to be awarded 2006 All-Star Game
The NBA All-Star game is coming to Houston in 2006, city officials said Friday.