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ALL-STAR GAME: The voting is complete, the ballots have been counted and Miami Heat center Shaquille O'Neal 's record-tying streak of 14 All-Star selections in a row has ended.

Right? Well, maybe not.

At least, Heat coach Pat Riley isn't quite ready to concede that.

"The final, final, final decision isn't done yet," Riley said.

Stopping short of saying he'll personally urge the NBA to add O'Neal to the Eastern Conference roster for the Feb. 17 game, Riley did say he believes commissioner David Stern should have the option of adding someone to the roster when the situation is warranted.

In Riley's mind, this would be one of those situations.

NUGGETS: Even though his sprained left ankle is still a little sore, forward Carmelo Anthony vowed to play tonight against Charlotte.

WIZARDS: Forward Caron Butler sat out his third consecutive game Friday night against the Utah Jazz because of a hip injury.



The Hawks return home with work to do after struggling to a 4-11 mark in January that included losing four of five games on their recent road trip.

Atlanta, which has lost three in a row, will play five of its final seven games before the All-Star break -- including tonight's matchup with New Jersey -- at home.

Upcoming games at Philips Arena will feature Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Lakers, who acquired center Pau Gasol in a trade with Memphis on Friday.

NEXT: vs. New Jersey Nets

WHEN: 7 p.m.

TV: None

RECORD: 18-24


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