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Vucevic then stunned Chris Paul to set up the unexpected title showdown between him and Sabonis. In the end, though, Sabonis won a thriller, taking home the trophy. He and Vucevic were both there at the 3-point line ready to win it, but Sabonis, who was the runner-up last year, knocked down the big shot and was able to take home the hardware.Denver Nuggets

The Los Angeles Lakers returned from the All-Star break on Friday night looking to regain ground in the Western Conference standings.Atlanta Hawks

BILL RUSSELL [Coach] – Following the retirement of legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach in 1966, Bill Russell became the first Black head coach in the NBA. In his second season as player-coach, Russell led the Boston Celtics to the 1968 NBA championship, thus becoming the first Black head coach to win an NBA title. The following season, Russell would again lead Boston to the NBA Finals and championship, his eleventh and final ring. With the Celtics, Seattle SuperSonics and Sacramento Kings, he compiled an NBA coaching record of 341-290 (.540), with a playoff record of 34-27 (.557). As a player-coach, Russell was named the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year in 1968. Russell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a player in 1975.

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All jokes aside, Sunday was a great night for both young stars. Brown got to rub elbows with superstars LeBron James and Stephen Curry in his first All-Star appearance, while Tatum got to play alongside childhood friend and mentor Bradley Beal for the first time.

NEW ORLEANS (AP) New Orleans Pelicans guard JJ Redick underwent a non-surgical procedure Thursday to relieve inflammation and soreness in his right heel and will be out of the lineup for at least a week.Orlando Magic

I guess I was criticized for the right reason for calling Dame’s shot in the playoffs a bad shot. I mean, I see these guys’ range is crazy, the ability to knock those shots down. And I mean, like you said, it’s not like it’s a half-court heave. These are shots that are in their – it’s well in their range. They probably can shoot it deeper.

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Throughout his Hall of Fame career, T-Mac certainly helped inspire the next wave of players. Other younger players, such as Coby White, Eric Paschall and Carsen Edwards, all viewed McGrady as an idol and credited him for their love of the game.Sacramento Kings