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NBA All-Star Game: Kevin Durant Says Winning MVP Is Childhood Dream

First he was named mid-season MVP by ESPN. Then he was named All-Star Game MVP last night. The only thing left is for Kevin Durant to win the real MVP award at the end of the 2011-12 NBA season. The Oklahoma City Thunder star has simply been that dominant in any contest he enters. Heck, he even placed among the top finalists in the three-point competition that he subbed in for Joe Johnson on Saturday.

Durant scored 36 points and grabbed 7 rebounds last night to help the Western Conference to a 152-149 victory over the Eastern Conference.

"It's just exciting to be named (an) All-Star, but to step it up another level and become MVP, it's only something as a kid you dream about," Durant said. "Coming from where I come from, I didn't think I would be here. Everything is just a blessing to me."

"This is his first time of probably many," Brooks said of the MVP award. "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to coach him. The guy, he does a lot of things well. ... He just comes in and does his work."

For more on the NBA's All-Star Weekend head on over to SB Nation's NBA Basketball page. For more updates on the Oklahoma City Thunder head on over to Welcome To Loud City.

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NBA All-Star Game Rosters: Kevin Durant Leads Western Conference

The Oklahoma City Thunder are well represented when it comes to the NBA All-Star Game rosters. Then again, with the best record in the Western Conference, they should be. Not only is Kevin Durant predictably included among the starters, but Russell Westbrook also found a place among the few players here -- a group that also includes Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and Kobe Bryant among others.

Check out the complete Western Conference rosters below:

35 * Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City) F 6-9 235 09/29/88 Texas
32 * Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) F 6-10 251 03/16/89 Oklahoma
24 * Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) G 6-6 205 08/23/78 Lower Merion HS (PA)
3 * Chris Paul (L.A. Clippers) G 6-0 175 05/06/85 Wake Forest
17 * # Andrew Bynum (L.A. Lakers) C 7-0 285 10/27/87 St. Joseph HS (NJ)
12 # LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland) F 6-11 240 07/19/85 Texas
33 # Marc Gasol (Memphis) C 7-1 265 01/29/85 Barcelona, Spain
42 Kevin Love (Minnesota) F-C 6-10 260 09/07/88 UCLA
13 Steve Nash (Phoenix) G 6-3 178 02/07/74 Santa Clara
41 Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas) F 7-0 245 06/19/78 Wurzburg, Germany
9 Tony Parker (San Antonio) G 6-2 185 05/17/82 Paris, France
0 Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City) G 6-3 187 11/12/88 UCLA


Check out the complete Eastern Conference rosters below:

7 * Carmelo Anthony (New York) F 6-8 230 05/29/84 Syracuse
6 * LeBron James (Miami) F 6-8 250 12/30/84 St. Vincent-St. Mary HS (OH)
1 * Derrick Rose (Chicago) G 6-3 190 10/04/88 Memphis
3 * Dwyane Wade (Miami) G 6-4 220 01/17/82 Marquette
12 * Dwight Howard (Orlando) C 6-11 265 12/08/85 SW Atlanta Christian Academy (GA)
1 Chris Bosh (Miami) F 6-11 235 03/24/84 Georgia Tech
9 # Luol Deng (Chicago) F 6-9 220 04/16/85 Duke
55 # Roy Hibbert (Indiana) C 7-2 260 12/11/86 Georgetown
9 # Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia) F-G 6-6 207 01/08/84 Arizona
55 | Joe Johnson (Atlanta) G 6-7 240 06/29/81 Arkansas
34 Paul Pierce (Boston) F 6-7 235 10/13/77 Kansas
9 Rajon Rondo (Boston) G 6-1 186 02/22/86 Kentucky
8 Deron Williams (New Jersey) G 6-3 209 06/26/84 Illinois
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NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule: Sunday Features Pre-Game Concert, Official Game

After a weekend filled with various All-Star festivities featuring celebrities and NBA stars, the official All-Star Game finally arrives tonight at 6:37pm CT. Before then, however, you can check out a myriad of NBA activities if you have NBA TV during the day from the Legends Brunch at lunchtime through the late evening.

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook represent the Thunder on the Western Rosters, who are also coached by Oklahoma City head coach Scotty Brooks. For those who like lame music, you can also check out the Gym Class Heroes in concert prior to the game. The complete schedule is below:

Sunday's Schedule of NBA All-Star Festivities:
• Legends Brunch, noon p.m. | NBA TV
• NBA GameTime: All-Star Sunday, 4 p.m. | NBA TV
• Sprint Pregame Concert, 5 p.m. | NBA TV
• NBA Tip-Off presented by Autotrader.com, 6 p.m. | TNT
• 2012 NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia Motors, 7:30 p.m. (7:37 p.m. tip) | TNT
• Inside the NBA presented by Hyundai, 11 p.m. | NBA TV

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NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule: Three-Point, Slam Dunk Contests Part Of Festivities

Kevin Durant has had an exciting and busy NBA All Star Weekend. First he coached the Celebrity Game last night. Tonight he tries to win the three-point contest. Tomorrow comes the actual NBA All-Star Game. All in all, it’s clear the NBA wants to showcase one of its best overall players as much as possible.

You can catch Durant tonight as he takes on five others in the Three-Point Contest that’s part of a four event series during the Saturday swing of the schedule. The Slam Dunk contest is the most popular aspect and brings up the final leg of the quartet of events that also includes a Shooting Stars and Skills Challenge in the first two legs.

Here’s the complete list of events:
• All-Star East/West Practice & Player Interviews, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | NBA TV
• Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, 12:30 p.m. | NBA TV
• 2012 NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by 26 Seconds, 1 p.m. | NBA TV
• Commissioner Stern news conference, 6 p.m. | NBA TV
NBA Tip-Off, 7 p.m. | TNT
NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, 7:30 p.m. | TNT
- 2012 Haier Shooting Stars (1st Event)
- 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
- 2012 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
- 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)
NBA TV All-Star Weekend Presented by Kia Motors, 10 p.m. | NBA TV

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Three-Point Contest Includes Kevin Durant As Joe Johnson's Sub

Joe Johnson was supposed to be among the handful of players trying to unseat James Jones of the Miami Heat as the reigning three-point champion of the NBA All-Star Weekend, but he had to cancel due to injury. Now Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder and perhaps the best player in the NBA this season is going to step into his place. The move immediately brings a higher level of attention to an event that lacked any other star power beyond Kevin Love.

The official list includes:
Ryan Anderson, Orlando Magic
Kevin Love, Minnesota Timberwolves
James Jones, Miami Heat
Mario Chalmers, Miami Heat
Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder
Anthony Morrow, New Jersey Nets

The Three-Point Contest is the third event of four that also includes the Slam Dunk Championship. Everything kicks off at 7:30pm CT, and Durant will likely start around 8:30pm.

For more on the Thunder, head to Welcome To Loud City, and for more on the NBA All-Star Weekend, head to SB Nation's story stream.

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NBA All-Star Weekend: Slam Dunk And Three Point Challenge TV Schedule

Fans of the NBA’s All-Star Weekend festivities have plenty to watch today, especially if you’re able to tune in to the NBA’s own network on NBA TV. If so, you can kick back starting at 10am CT and just relax for the rest of the day. For those wanting the major highlights of the Slam Dunk and Three-Point Contests, you’ll have to wait until tonight.

Starting this morning, you can watch the All-Star game practices and catch some interviews until noon as things ramp up for the D League All Star Game. The rest doesn’t tip off until tonight. But here’s the full slate of Saturday’s schedule:

• All-Star East/West Practice & Player Interviews, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | NBA TV
• Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown, 12:30 p.m. | NBA TV
• 2012 NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by 26 Seconds, 1 p.m. | NBA TV
• Commissioner Stern news conference, 6 p.m. | NBA TV
NBA Tip-Off, 7 p.m. | TNT
NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, 7:30 p.m. | TNT
- 2012 Haier Shooting Stars (1st Event)
- 2012 Taco Bell Skills Challenge (2nd Event)
- 2012 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest (3rd Event)
- 2012 Sprite Slam Dunk (4th Event)
NBA TV All-Star Weekend Presented by Kia Motors, 10 p.m. | NBA TV

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