Russell Westbrook Comments on Zaza Pachulia's Hard Foul After Loss vs. Warriors

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The two appeared to exchange words in the third quarter following a crossover by Durant on Westbrook, which would have been the first time they had actually spoken since Durant's decision in July.

Russell Westbrook posted yet another triple-double, but it wasn't enough.

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who led the Cleveland Cavaliers to last season's National Basketball Association title, were named to the Eastern Conference starting five while Golden State teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant were voted onto the Western Conference opening lineup.

Durant and Curry will represent the Warriors at the All-Star game in New Orleans as starters.

Last season, the Warriors dealt with a rash of criticism from former players that the team was both soft and that the rules allowed dominant three-point shooting.

Thunder: Oklahoma City is 5-11 on the road against Golden State and hasn't won on the Warriors' home floor since December 18, 2014.

He said: "I don't know, he hit me kinda hard". As all three players expanded their games (which are largely ball-dominant), it's feasible that their individual skills would have overlapped, eventually hurting each other's growth and on-court impact. Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics also ended up tied with DeRozan for the second guard spot but the Raptors star got more fan votes and took the slot. He can and nearly certainly will make the team as a reserve. Mo Williams, who hasn't played a game and has been traded twice, got a vote.

Travis Kelce, Chiefs seeing red over holding call on Eric Fisher
It took a nifty 20-yard sideline reception on third-and-20 by Maclin to help finally get the Chiefs back on the scoreboard. Despite not having met in the playoffs prior to the 1996 season, the Patriots and Steelers a storied postseason history.

And the rangy Kiwi already has history with the Warriors, after being kicked in the man-parts twice by forward Draymond Green during last year's playoffs. Starting for the East will be Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Cleveland's Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, Chicago's Jimmy Butler and Milwaukee's Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The Oklahoma City point guard is having a season for the ages, but was passed over in the balloting conducted by fans, current players and media.

Whether people are keen to him this season between the votes and his escalation of a rivalry, it can't be denied the impact he has had as a presence.

Harden finished second, and Curry finished third in the player voting. "Makes me proud, makes my family proud and my support system, so it's cool in that sense". The five players with the best score from each conference were then chosen to be All-Star starters.

Westbrook, Stephen Curry, and James Harden finished top three in all three voting groups. He pulled up for a long 3-pointer only to be fouled hard by Zaza Pachulia. That's right, Russell is not starting, but here's who is.

The NBA All-Star Game will be in New Orleans on February 19.

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