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NBA officials get All-Star preview

Baltimore Sun

Jerry Jones still is hoping to have more than 100,000 people in Cowboys Stadium for the NBA All-Star Game in February.

The league is less optimistic but still is expecting to shatter its attendance record of 62,046.

"I know we'll be over [80,000]," NBA executive vice president Ski Austin said Saturday.

Austin was among about 150 people involved with the All-Star Game who spent this week watching the $1.2 billion stadium become a basketball venue for the first time as No. 2 Texas beat No. 10 North Carolina 103-90 before 38,052 on Saturday.

Allen Iverson missed his second straight game for the 76ers because of arthritis in his left knee. ... Heat guard Dwyane Wade, already bothered by a sore right wrist, was limited in practice by spasms in his upper back. ... Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said after Friday's overtime loss to Houston that Dallas will be filing an official protest with the league office because of at least three contentious calls during the game. ... The Knicks say the agent for Nate Robinson has asked the team to trade the recently benched guard.


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