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TORONTO (AP) The Latest on Friday's events at the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Toronto (all times local):

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OKC honors Williams' wife, rips Pelicans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Basketball didn't matter much to Kevin Durant on Thursday night.

Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams' wife, Ingrid, was involved in a car crash Tuesday night in Oklahoma City and died Wednesday. Monty Williams coached the Pelicans last season before coming to Oklahoma City to help new coach Billy Donovan, so as his two most recent teams met, both played with heavy hearts. A moment of silence was observed before the Thunder's 121-95 victory.

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Silver honors NBA's history in Toronto

TORONTO (AP) NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has opened All-Star weekend by paying homage to the league's history in Toronto.

Silver spoke Friday morning at the NBA All-Star Technology Summit, and began his remarks by reminding attendees that the league's enormous success globally stems in part from what happened in Toronto on Nov. 1, 1946 - when the first game in what was then called the Basketball Association of America was played.

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Canada's growing hoops love on display

TORONTO (AP) When Greg Anthony arrived in Vancouver to join the inaugural Grizzlies team in 1995, the cash in his pocket wasn't the only currency that he needed to exchange.

Anthony was a star in college at mighty UNLV and went to the NBA to play for the Knicks, who took a back seat to nobody in New York during those playoff days.

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Kidd-Gilchrist tears labrum again

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) Hornets forward Michael Kidd-Gilchrist has torn the labrum in his right shoulder for a second time, possibly ending his season.

The team says Kidd-Gilchrist will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break and gave no prognosis for his return.

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Heat's Whiteside banned 1 game for elbow

NEW YORK (AP) Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside has been suspended one game without pay for his elbow to the head of San Antonio Spurs center Boban Marjanovic.

The punishment was announced Thursday by NBA executive Kiki VanDeWeghe.

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Odom makes public return at Kanye's show

NEW YORK (AP) Lamar Odom made his public return at brother-in-law Kanye West's New York Fashion Week show on Thursday.

Odom's appearance marked the first time he'd attended a public event since he was hospitalized in critical condition in Las Vegas in October 2015 after he was found unconscious at a Nevada brothel with cocaine in his system. Odom, who is estranged from Khloe Kardashian, had been moved from a Los Angeles hospital to a private facility in January.

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Middleton helps Bucks hold off Wizards

MILWAUKEE (AP) Khris Middleton's role on the Milwaukee Bucks has evolved from catch-and-shoot perimeter player to crunch-time playmaker.

A matchup problem as a 6-foot-8 forward who plays in the backcourt, Middleton did more damage Thursday night against the Washington Wizards by attacking the bucket and finding open teammates.

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Shaq laments not having farewell tour

TORONTO (AP) Shaquille O'Neal has watched former teammate Kobe Bryant's farewell tour this season from afar. And even though Bryant hasn't been the consistently dynamic player he once was while playing for a Los Angeles Lakers team that is losing games by the bucketful, O'Neal couldn't help but be a little envious of the way Bryant has been able to say goodbye.

O'Neal's stellar career came to an end because of injury, robbing him of the chance to have the same kind of ending that Bryant is getting.

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Bryant's All-Star finale a Toronto first

TORONTO (AP) Of all the goodies Kobe Bryant collects in his farewell season, one this weekend might be particularly useful.

After all, you need a good winter coat in Canada. Though Bryant probably wouldn't be too unhappy walking away with another All-Star Game MVP trophy.

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