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Kobe’s 18th & Last ASG Leads 2016 Toronto All-Stars To The 6

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Kobe's 18th & Last ASG Leads 2016 Toronto All-Stars To The 6

From the 305 to Drake’s city, here are your starters for the 2016 NBA All-Star Game in Toronto, Canada.

Atop the of throne as the King of Eastern All-Star vote getters, Cleveland Cavalier LeBron James leads the home side with 1,089,206 first place votes. Or does he? Representing the T-Dot and the Raptors in their arena is guard Kyle Lowry, who edges out ‘Brons teammate from The Land Kyle Lowry with 646,441 votes for what will be a special, career night of honor on his hardwood home turf…or should we say ice?

The rest of the Eastern beasts look like this. Joining Lowry in the back-court is LeBron James’ former South Beach talented teammate Dwyane Wade. Still a flash and fan favourite with 941,446 votes, just like last years New York All-Star home boy Carmelo Anthony. The Knick joining his career contemporary in the front court with 567,348 ballot papers. The real, redemptive story of this side by George has to be the amazing one of the man with two first names. Paul George’s return from almost career ending injury to reclaimed superstar status is capped off by him doing the same to this team. The Indiana (this year) Hickory Hoosier keeps up pace with 711,595.

Out West there’s not much hotter than Steph Curry right now. Surely to be shortly joined by his Splash Brother and Dray day teammates once the reserves are announced, the reigning MVP and World Champion is about to set the tone with the shot and a million and 604,325 votes. He’ll be joined by former NBA Finals MVP and Defensive Player Of The Year Kawhi Leonard, whose 782,339 votes are the new front-court San Antonio Spur stronghold taking over from legend Tim Duncan in more ways than one. The most dynamic duo in basketball right now will also give the Eastern a run and dunk for their home-court advantage money. As the Oklahoma City Thunder striking stars Kevin Durant (980,787) and Russell Westbrook (772,009) are about to show the Canadian cold real weather.

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But with a league leading 1,891,614 votes, in his 18th and last All Star Game selection, starting at the West Shooting Guard from the Los Angeles Lakers, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls give it up for your millennial generation star, Kobe Bryant. In what will help conclude his retirement road trip tour with a fond farewell to the mid-February love of the NBA Classic, Bean is back one last time. And he can hardly believe he’s the leading man of it all. The man who won the Slam Dunk competition in his warm ups as a rookie and once shared MVP honors with former Lakers teammate and West one Shaq back at STAPLES, as well as winning one in his hometown of Philadelphia is about to add one more, final enduring moment to the memory banks. Save some space on that iPhone because all of Hockey country will be there and it’s all going to look as good as the greatest jerseys we’ve seen All Stars rock in years. What a time to be a Canuck!

Octobers very own is about to own February like cupids arrow.

You’ve got to love this game!

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Marial Shayok 42 points helps Delaware Blue Coats get first win

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Marial Shayok 42 Points Helps Delaware Blue Coats Get First Win

Marial Shayok became the first Ottawa’s basketball player to get drafted into the NBA and now he’s quickly making a case for permanent NBA roster spot.

Two games into his G-league/NBA career the former Iowa State Cyclones is sizzling hot — averaging 38 points per game, 7.5 rebounds and 3 assists.

Shayok made a splash with a 34 point, 6 rebound, 3 assist debut and upped his numbers in his second game as the Delaware Blue Coats downed the Greensboro Swarm 141-135 to pick-up their first win.

The Philadelphia 76ers two-way player scored 42 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and added 3 assists in just 34 minutes. Shayok connected on 14-of-27 shots, 3-of-9 triples and a perfect 9-of-9 at the charity stripe.

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Shayok, alongside a bevy of Canadians are currently strutting their games in the G-League — vying for a call-up for the bright lights.

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Resilient, shorthanded Raptors hand Lakers 113-104 home loss

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Toronto Raptors' Norman Powell takes it to the hoop against Lakers

Talk about about being resilient. Talk about championship mentality. Talk about next man up!

The shorthanded Toronto Raptors — missing two of their main players walked into Staples Centre and walked out with an impressive 113-104 signature victory over the highly touted Los Angeles Lakers.

The Raptors improve to 7-2 on the young season and in the process and have now beaten the Los Angeles Lakers 10 straight times — dating back to the 2014-15 regular season when the Lakers won 129-122 in overtime in L.A.

Pascal Siakam continued his stellar season with 24 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 blocks. Freddy VanVleet was also brilliant with 22 points, 10 assists, 7 rebounds, 2 steals. Chris Boucher came off the bench to spark the Raptors on both ends of the court, including back-to-back key blocks on Lebron James and Anthony Davis. The Montreal native tied a career-high with 15 points, 3 blocks, 2 steals — including 9 points in the fourth quarter.

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Norman Powell added 14 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks. Rookie Terrence Davis filled-up the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, playing his first significant action of the season, rounded out six Raptors’ players in double-figures with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists.

Anthony Davis paced the Lakers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Lebron James added to his triple-double total with 13 points, 15 assists and 13 rebounds. Danny Green was held scoreless in 27 minutes.

The Raptors currently on five game west coast swing improve to 4-0 against the tough western conference and will play former teammate Kawhi Leornard and the Los Angeles Clippers in their next game, before wrapping-up one their longest road trips with games against Portland and the Dallas Mavericks.

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Damian Lillard silky smooth 60-point career-high

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Damian Lillard Silky Smooth 60-point Career-high

Damian Lillard’s ascend to NBA stardom is a primary reason for anybody to cheer for the Portland Trail Blazers all-star guard. Lillard’s sharpshooting game, combined with his poignant and fierce lyrically skills are yet another glaring trend that have pushed his name towards a future hall-of-fame ballot and a potential thriving microphone ‘chin checking’ career if he so desires when his playing days are over.

On magical NBA Friday night, matched-up opposite one of the games’ best rising star — Oakland’s finest took his game to another level by dropping a career-high 60 points against Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets. The four-time all-star and 2017-18 All-NBA first-team guard drilled 19-of-33 (57%) field-goals, 7-of-16 (43%) three-pointers and went a perfect 15-for-15 from the free-throw line.

The two dynamic scoring guards have a history of finding an extra gear when facing each other. Irving dropped a career-high 55 points on Dame and the Blazers back in January 2015 when he played with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Although, the 60-point effort came in a tough 119-115 loss it’s hard to ignore the fact Lillard is one of a select few players that have dropped a 50-plus point game in the last five seasons — dating back to the 2015-2016 NBA season. Lillard’s previous best, was a 59-point outburst against the Utah Jazz in 2017.

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