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Washington Wizards power forward Jan Vesely (24) slam dunks over center Marcin Gortat, right, and New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Washington Wizards power forward Jan Vesely (24) slam dunks over center Marcin Gortat, right, and New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon (10) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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