7 Takeaways from Thursday Night's International NBA Action

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7 Takeaways from Thursday Night's International NBA Action
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Thursday was all about celebrations and showcases in the NBA. The day began with Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks playing the Detroit Pistons in the shadow of Big Ben in London, and ended with LeBron James and Kobe Bryant going head-to-head.

In between, the league announced the starters for the 2013 All-Star Game and staged a game between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Minnesota Timberwolves in which each team was missing a superstar talent.

Oh, and the Milwaukee Bucks and the Phoenix Suns played a game. But you know what they say about trees falling in the woods...

It was an eventful day in the Association, to say the least, especially given how light the schedule was. Let's have a look at what went down across the basketball landscape on this, the 17th of January.

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