Thursday, February 8, 2001
NBA All-Star Game: Did you know?
By Phillip Lee
Special to ESPN Classic
The 50th Annual NBA All-Star Game will take place this Sunday, Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C. But there have been many memorable moments and performances leading up to this weekend. Check out some All-Star Game history from the previous 49 games.
The East holds a 31-18 lead over the West in All-Star competition.
The West won last season's contest, 137-126, snapping a three-game losing streak to the East.
This season's All-Star game takes place in Washington. The last time the All-Stars played in D.C. was 1980. The East prevailed, 144-136, in overtime.
In 1980, rookie Larry Bird made his All-Star debut. He also hit the first three-pointer in All-Star competition.
The most points by one team in an All-Star game are 154 points. It was done twice. The first time was 1984 by the East and also in 1987 by the West. Both games went into overtime.
The most points by one team in a regulation All-Star game is 153. It was also done twice. The first time was 1961 by the West and again by the West in 1992.
Karl Malone will be making his 12th All-Star appearance, the most among active players.
John Stockton will be making his 11th straight All-Star appearance, the longest among active players.
The last person to foul out of an NBA All-Star game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987.
Everybody remembers the dunks by Michael Jordan and Dominque Wilkins, but who was the first to win the All-Star Slam Dunk contest? Larry Nance won it in 1984.
Larry Bird and Craig Hodges have each won the All-Star Shootout three times. Mark Price and Jeff Hornacek have each won it twice.
The Rookie Challenge game has undergone several incarnations since its inception in 1994. The first it was Phenoms against Sensations. The next year it was White against Green. From 1996-98, it was East against West. Last year, it was the Freshmen against the Sophomores.