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Thunder's Westbrook to replace Rose in Skills Challenge

By Official release
Posted Feb 13 2010 3:41PM

DALLAS -- Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook will replace injured Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (bruised right hip) in the 2010 Taco Bell Skills Challenge, part of tonight's NBA All-Star Saturday Night at American Airlines Center in Dallas.

Playing for the Sophomore Team in Friday's T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Jam, Westbrook scored a game-high 40 points. The Rookies defeated the Sophomores 140-128.

The Taco Bell Skills Challenge will be televised live nationally as part of the NBA All-Star Saturday Night, which will also feature the Sprite Slam Dunk, Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout, Haier Shooting Stars and NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas. TNT and ESPN Radio's national coverage will begin at 8 p.m. EST.

photoShumpert Injured
Iman Shumpert heads to the locker room with an injury in the third quarter of Game 2.
photoFierce Flush
LeBron James drives to the basket for the huge dunk over Jimmy Butler.
photoDunleavy Dunks
Mike Dunleavy finds an open lane and throws down the dunk.
photoBig Time Hustle
Kyrie Irving gets the steal and a great assist to LeBron James, who cleans up.
photoKyrie Crossover
Kyrie Irving shakes Derrick Rose and gets by Joakim Noah for the layup.

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