1966 NBA All-Star Game

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1966 NBA All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 Total
East 33 30 38 36 137
West 18 18 32 26 94
Date January 11, 1966
City Cincinnati
MVP Adrian Smith
Referees Norm Drucker and John Vanak
Attendance 13,653
NBA All-Star Game
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The 16th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on January 11, 1966 at Cincinnati Gardens in Cincinnati, Ohio. The coaches were Red Auerbach for the East, and Fred Schaus for the West. Much of the game would focus around the local team's three named All-Stars. Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson had been named the event's MVP in 1964, and Cincinnati's Jerry Lucas had been named MVP in 1965. At game time, the East Division's top three teams, Boston, Philadelphia and Cincinnati, had the three best records in the league, with New York trailing far behind. This lead East Coach Red Auerbach to name Cincinnati's Adrian Smith as a reserve and not New York's sharpshooting Dick Barnett, a source of some controversy at the time. The home crowd rallied behind Smith as he emerged as the game's star. It was Smith's only All-Star appearance, and he remains to-date the only one-time NBA All-Star ever named the event's MVP. The overmatched West suffered not just from poor shooting, but also from losing key All-Star Jerry West to an eye injury in the first quarter. The game was nationally televised, with an attendance of 13,653.

Eastern Conference[edit]

Player, Team MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AST PF PTS
Adrian Smith, CIN 26 9 18 6 6 8 3 5 24
Wilt Chamberlain, PHI 25 8 11 5 9 9 3 2 21
John Havlicek, BOS 25 6 16 6 6 6 1 2 18
Oscar Robertson, CIN 25 6 12 5 6 10 8 0 17
Chet Walker, PHI 25 3 10 2 3 6 4 2 8
Willis Reed, NYK 23 7 11 2 2 8 1 3 16
Jerry Lucas, CIN 23 4 11 2 2 19 0 2 10
Hal Greer, PHI 23 4 13 1 1 5 1 4 9
Bill Russell, BOS 23 1 6 0 0 10 2 2 2
Sam Jones, BOS 22 5 11 2 2 2 5 0 12
Totals 240 53 119 31 37 83 28 22 137

Western Conference[edit]

Player, Team MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AST PF PTS
Guy Rodgers, SFW 34 4 11 0 0 7 11 4 8
Nate Thurmond, SFW 33 3 16 1 3 16 1 1 7
Eddie Miles, DET 28 8 16 1 5 1 0 1 17
Bailey Howell, BAL 26 3 11 1 2 2 2 4 7
Zelmo Beaty, STL 24 0 11 10 13 18 1 2 10
Don Ohl, BAL 23 7 16 2 3 4 2 2 16
Rudy LaRusso, LAL 22 4 10 3 7 3 2 2 11
Dave DeBusschere, DET 22 1 14 2 2 6 1 1 4
Rick Barry, SFW 17 4 10 2 4 2 2 6 10
Jerry West, LAL 11 1 5 2 2 1 0 2 4
Totals 240 35 120 24 41 60 22 25 94

Score by Periods[edit]

Score by Periods: 1 2 3 4 Final
East 33 30 38 36 137
West 18 18 32 26 94
  • Halftime— East, 63-36
  • Third Quarter— East, 101-68
  • Officials: Norm Drucker and John Vanak
  • Attendance: 13,653.

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