The 70th NBA All-Star Game

The 70th NBA All-Star Game
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The 70th NBA All-Star Game

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The 70th NBA All-Star Game

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NBA All-Star History in Indianapolis

Indianapolis previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1985, when the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 140-129 in the 35th All-Star Game.  The crowd of 43,146 at the Hoosier Dome was the largest to attend an NBA game at the time.

All-Star Game MVP Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets finished with a game-high 24 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the West, while Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson added 21 points and 15 assists.  Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas (22 points) and Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird (21 points) led the East.  Rookies Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets made their All-Star debuts.

NBA All-Star 1985 also featured a memorable Slam Dunk Contest, won by Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins after a final-round duel with Jordan.

Established in 1967, the Pacers spent their first nine seasons in the American Basketball Association (ABA).  During that time, Indianapolis hosted two ABA All-Star Games, at Hinkle Fieldhouse (1968) and the Fairgrounds Coliseum (1970).  The Pacers won three ABA championships before joining the NBA in 1976.

In 1953, the NBA’s third All-Star Game was played at the Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Ind., the current home of the Pacers’ NBA G League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

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