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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.