Durant to Defend H-O-R-S-E Title in Dallas

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    Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant debuts his new Nike shoes in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)

    Kevin Durant will defend his title in the H-O-R-S-E competition at All-Star weekend.

    The Oklahoma City forward will face fellow All-Star Rajon Rondo of Boston and Sacramento rookie Omri Casspi. The field was announced Monday night on TNT, which will televise Saturday's events.

    Durant won the inaugural competition last year in Phoenix, hitting some long jumpers to rally after picking up four early letters and beat Atlanta's Joe Johnson and Memphis guard O.J. Mayo.

    If a player makes a shot in H-O-R-S-E, the next competitor must make the same shot or receive a letter. A player gets an 'H' for his first miss and is eliminated once he has all five letters of the word.

    The H-O-R-S-E competition will take place at Jam Session at the Dallas Convention Center.