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All-Star Saturday draws its most viewers ever

Posted Feb 20 2011 5:54PM

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- All-Star Saturday night was watched by 8.1 million viewers, making it the most-watched event in its 26-year history.

TNT says its coverage drew 23 percent more viewers than its previous record of 6.5 million in 2009.

Saturday's event, highlighted by Clippers rookie Blake Griffin leaping over a car to win the slam dunk contest, drew a 4.4 national rating, a 13 percent increase over the 3.9 in 2009.

The viewers and ratings were both more than 40 percent higher than last year, when the event featured a lackluster dunk contest in Dallas.

photoRaptors vs. Bulls
Derrick Rose scores 29 points, Jimmy Butler adds 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Bulls snap the Raptors' six-game winning streak with a 129-120 victory.
photoHustle Leads to Slam
Memphis keeps the ball in play and Vince Carter finishes with an amazing slam.
photoDwight's Sick Spike
Jason Terry lofts it up to Dwight Howard who climbs the ladder for the sick spike.
photoKemba's Nice No-Look
Kemba Walker delivers the sweet no-look to Gerald Henderson who cuts inside for the jam.
photoZeller Slam
Cody Zeller drives to the basket and finishes with a powerful slam.

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