1976 ABA All-Star Game

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GAME 9: at McNichols Arena, Denver, Colorado, January 27, 1976

MVP: David Thompson, Denver Nuggets

Coaches:

In the 1976 ABA All Star Game, the league abandoned the usual East vs. West format it used from the 1967-68 season onward and instead had the league's first place team at the All Star break face off against a team of ABA All Stars. At the All Star break the Denver Nuggets were in first place, which was convenient as the Nuggets had also been selected to host the game in McNichols Arena. (The Nuggets went on to finish the regular season in first place at 60-24 (.714), but after beating the Kentucky Colonels 4 games to 3 in the ABA Semifinals the Nuggets lost in the 1976 ABA Finals to the New York Nets, 4 games to 2.)[1]

Pre-game entertainment was provided by Glen Campbell and Charlie Rich.[2]

Halftime of the All Star Game saw the first-ever Slam Dunk Contest, which was won by Julius Erving of the New York Nets (who took off from the free throw line for one of his dunks[3]) over David Thompson of the Denver Nuggets, Artis Gilmore of the Kentucky Colonels, George Gervin of the San Antonio Spurs and Larry Kenon of the Spurs.[4] The NBA later adopted the Slam Dunk Contest as part of its All Star Game starting in 1984 (also hosted by the Denver Nuggets).

Denver's 52 fourth quarter points was a record for an ABA All Star Game and capped a ferocious comeback win.[2]

This was the final ABA All Star Game, due to the ABA-NBA merger in June 1976.

All-Stars[edit]

Player, Team MIN FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA REB AST STL BLK PFS PTS
Brian Taylor, NYA 29 3 9 0 1 0 0 4 8 0 0 3 6
Artis Gilmore, KEN 27 5 7 0 0 4 6 7 1 0 0 6 14
Julius Erving, NYA 25 9 12 0 1 5 7 7 5 0 0 4 23
James Silas, SAA 23 6 10 0 0 8 8 0 5 0 0 6 20
Billy Knight, INA 23 9 14 0 1 2 2 10 2 0 0 3 20
Billy Paultz, SAA 20 4 6 0 0 2 2 2 1 0 0 1 10
Larry Kenon, SAA 20 5 7 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 5 10
Ron Boone, SSL 16 5 11 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 1 10
George Gervin, SAA 16 3 13 1 2 1 2 6 1 0 0 1 8
Maurice Lucas, KEN 14 2 5 0 0 1 1 5 3 0 0 1 5
Don Buse, INA 14 2 5 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 5
Marvin Barnes, SSL 13 3 5 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 3 7
Team Totals 240 56 104 2 7 24 29 51 34 0 0 34 138

Denver[edit]

Player, Team MIN FGM FGA 3PM 3PA FTM FTA REB AST STL BLK PFS PTS
Ralph Simpson, DEN 37 8 15 0 0 3 3 7 5 0 0 0 19
David Thompson, DEN 34 9 18 0 0 11 13 8 2 0 0 4 29
Dan Issel, DEN 31 6 16 0 0 7 9 9 5 0 0 3 19
Bobby Jones, DEN 29 8 12 0 0 8 11 10 3 0 0 2 24
Claude Terry, DEN 25 5 12 1 3 3 5 3 3 0 0 2 14
Chuck Williams, DEN 22 2 6 0 0 3 5 1 4 0 0 2 7
Byron Beck, DEN 20 6 11 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 3 14
Gus Gerard, DEN 17 5 14 0 0 2 2 9 1 0 0 5 12
Monte Towe, DEN 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2
Roger Brown, DEN 9 2 2 0 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 1 4
James Foster, DEN 5 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
Team Totals 240 52 112 1 3 39 50 55 28 0 0 23 144

Score by Periods[edit]

Score by Periods: 1 2 3 4 Final
Denver 32 23 37 52 144
All-Stars 31 25 41 41 138
  • Halftime — All-Stars, 56-55
  • Third Quarter — All-Stars, 97-92
  • Officials: Norm Drucker and Ed Middleton
  • Attendance: 10,449.

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