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Kevin Pelton ESPN Staff Writer 

West offense heavily featuring host Anthony Davis, who's attempted nine of the team's 23 shots. Davis and Giannis Antetokounmpo have 10 points apiece.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Mark it down in the box score: with 4:58 left in the first quarter, Kevin Durant assisted on a Russell Westbrook dunk, shortly after Westbrook checked in for the first time. So much for that drama.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Boogie to KD just now on the bench: "I'm proud of you, man."

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are on the same floor again as teammates.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Russ with the give and go to KD. No freezing out tonight. Entire bench clapping.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Six minutes into the All-Star Game, the East led the West 26-24. That's a 208-192 pace, which would blow away last year's record scoring effort won by the West, 196-173.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Here comes Russ ready to check in ... and KD staying on the floor. Here. We. Go.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Giannis Antetokounmpo has a block and a steal already, representing far more defense than anyone expected to be played this early in the All-Star Game.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Anthony Davis wins the tip then runs point for the West All-Stars on the game's opening possession, with Steph Curry setting the screen,

Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell

Second-best possible outcome: KD sets up for the game-winning shot and Russ throws LeBron powder in his eyes

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

John Batiste, bandleader for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, performs the National Anthem before the NBA All-Star Game.

Arash Markazi ESPN Senior Writer 

The Roots are helping introduce this year's NBA All-Stars.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Right as Jon Batiste was beginning his national anthem performance at the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, Jay Z and Beyoncé were shown on the video board, drawing an ovation from the crowd that drowned out the first line of the song.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

Right before the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner, with the crowd growing silent, one fan loudly yelled "Free Melo!" So there's at least one person here who'd like to see Carmelo Anthony traded.

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

The largest ovation during introductions was reserved for hometown star Anthony Davis, who is playing his second All-Star Game in New Orleans in four seasons (2014, 2017). The cheers for Davis were far louder than the boos for Kevin Durant.

Dana O'Neil @ESPNDanaOneil

Is Kyle Lowry hard to say? I think not. Especially since he's an all star at, you know, the all-star games