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The 2006 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Rockets. The game was the 55th annual All-Star game. The theme song was by Houston native Chamillionaire who made a new version of his hit "Turn It Up." Trailing by 21 points, the East rode the hot shooting of LeBron James and the teamwork of the four All-Stars from the Detroit Pistons to a 122–120 victory over the West. The 21-year-old James, who scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds, became the youngest player to win MVP. With the score tied, Dwyane Wade, who finished with 20 points, hit the game-winning layup with 16 seconds left. Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets led all players with a game-high 36 points. The Detroit Pistons tied a record with the 1962 Boston Celtics (Sam Jones, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn), 1975 Celtics (John Havlicek, JoJo White, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas), 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks), 1998 Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel), and later the 2011 Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), 2015 Atlanta Hawks (Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver), and both the 2017 and 2018 Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) by sending four players to the All-Star game.

2006 NBA All-Star Game
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1234 Total
East 28254128 122
West 28422723 120
DateFebruary 19, 2006
ArenaToyota Center
CityHouston, Texas
MVPLeBron James
National anthemJann Arden (CAN)
Destiny's Child (USA)
RefereesDick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, and Greg Willard
Halftime showJohn Legend and Carrie Underwood
Attendance18,652
NetworkTNT
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersMarv Albert, Doug Collins, and Steve Kerr
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Magic Johnson (All-Star Saturday Night)
Jim Durham and Jack Ramsay
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PlayersEdit

 
Spectators make their way into Toyota Center through the LaBranch street entrance prior to the tip-off of the 55th NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2006.
Eastern Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team # of Selections
Starters
G Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 7th
G Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 2nd
F LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 2nd
F Jermaine O'NealINJ Indiana Pacers 5th
C Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat 13th
Reserves
G Gilbert ArenasREP Washington Wizards 2nd
G Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons 1st
G Vince Carter1 New Jersey Nets 7th
G Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons 1st
F Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors 1st
F Paul Pierce Boston Celtics 5th
F Rasheed Wallace Detroit Pistons 3rd
C Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons 4th
Western Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team # of Selections
Starters
G Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 4th
G Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 8th
F Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets 6th
F Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 8th
C Yao Ming Houston Rockets 4th
Reserves
G Ray Allen Seattle SuperSonics 6th
G Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs 1st
F Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers 2nd
F Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 9th
F Pau Gasol Memphis Grizzlies 1st
F Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns 3rd
F Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks 5th

^INJ Jermaine O'Neal was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Gilbert Arenas was named as O'Neal's replacement.[1]^1 Vince Carter was named as starter, replacing O'Neal.

CoachesEdit

The Eastern Conference team was coached by Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons, along with Sidney Lowe, Ron Harper and Don Zierden as assistant coaches. Ted Arzonico of the Orlando Magic was the athletic trainer.

The Western Conference team was coached by Avery Johnson of the Dallas Mavericks. Del Harris, Rolando Blackman and Joe Prunty served as assistant coaches, while Keith Jones of the Houston Rockets was the athletic trainer.

T-Mobile Rookie ChallengeEdit

The T-Mobile Rookie challenge was played on Friday, February 17, 2006 with the Sophomores beating the Rookies 106–96. Andre Iguodala was named MVP with a game-high 30 points.

Rookies
Pos. Player Team
PF/C Andrew Bogut Milwaukee Bucks
SG Luther Head Houston Rockets
PF/C Channing Frye New York Knicks
SF Danny Granger Indiana Pacers
PG Šarūnas Jasikevičius Indiana Pacers
PG Chris Paul New Orleans/Oklahoma City Pelicans
PG Nate Robinson New York Knicks
SF Charlie Villanueva Toronto Raptors
PG Deron Williams Utah Jazz
Sophomores
Pos. Player Team
SF/SG Luol Deng Chicago Bulls
PG T. J. Ford Milwaukee Bucks
SG Ben Gordon Chicago Bulls
PG Devin Harris Dallas Mavericks
PF/C Dwight Howard Orlando Magic
SG Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers
C Nenad Krstić New Jersey Nets
PG Jameer Nelson* Orlando Magic
SF Andrés Nocioni Chicago Bulls
PF/C Emeka Okafor* Charlotte Bobcats
PG Delonte West Boston Celtics

* Did not participate due to injury. Delonte West replaced Jameer Nelson (sprained right foot).

CoachesEdit

The Rooks were coached by Sidney Lowe of the Detroit Pistons, along with Elvin Hayes as the assistant coach.

The Sophomores were coached by Del Harris of the Dallas Mavericks, along with Moses Malone as the assistant coach.

Foot Locker Three-Point ShootoutEdit

Dirk Nowitzki won with a score of 18, beating Gilbert Arenas and Ray Allen in the final round.

Contestants
Pos. Player Team
SG Ray Allen Seattle SuperSonics
PG Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards
SG Raja Bell* Phoenix Suns
PG Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons
PF Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks
SF/SG Quentin Richardson New York Knicks
PG Jason Terry Dallas Mavericks

* Did not participate due to a family illness. Gilbert Arenas replaced Raja Bell.

Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk ContestEdit

Nate Robinson won, beating Andre Iguodala in a dunk-off after the first ever tie in a Slam Dunk Contest. Robinson's win was highly questioned as he had missed several dunks and many speculate that Robinson was only awarded the title because of his small stature.

Contestants
Pos. Player Team Height Weight
SG Andre Iguodala Philadelphia 76ers 6'6" 207 lb
PG Nate Robinson New York Knicks 5'9" 180 lb
SF Josh Smith Atlanta Hawks 6'9" 225 lb
PF Hakim Warrick Memphis Grizzlies 6'9" 219 lb

PlayStation Skills ChallengeEdit

Dwyane Wade won, beating LeBron James in the final round. Dwyane Wade won with a time of 26.1 seconds.

Contestants
Pos. Player Team
SF LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
PG Steve Nash Phoenix Suns
PG Chris Paul New Orleans/Oklahoma City Pelicans
SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

RadioShack Shooting Stars CompetitionEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "All-Star Game Replacements for Injured Players". NBA.com. Turner Sports Interactive, Inc. Archived from the original on February 3, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.