2006 NBA All-Star Game

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2006 NBA All-Star Game
1 2 3 4 Total
East 28 25 41 28 122
West 28 42 27 23 120
Date February 19, 2006
Arena Toyota Center
City Houston, Texas
MVP LeBron James
National anthem Jann Arden (CAN)
Destiny's Child (USA)
Referees Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, and Greg Willard
Halftime show John Legend and Carrie Underwood
Network TNT
ESPN Radio
Announcers Marv 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
NBA All-Star Game
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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 the 2011 Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen) by sending four players to the All-Star game.

Players[edit]

Eastern Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team # of Selections
Starters
PG Allen Iverson Philadelphia 76ers 7th
SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 2nd
SF LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers 2nd
PF Jermaine O'Neal* Indiana Pacers 5th
C Shaquille O'Neal Miami Heat 13th
Reserves
PG Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons 1st
PF/C Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors 1st
SG/SF Vince Carter New Jersey Nets 7th
SG Richard Hamilton Detroit Pistons 1st
SF/SG Paul Pierce Boston Celtics 5th
C Ben Wallace Detroit Pistons 4th
PF Rasheed Wallace Detroit Pistons 3rd
PG Gilbert Arenas Washington Wizards 2nd

* Jermaine O'Neal was sidelined with an injury and was replaced by Gilbert Arenas, who was selected by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Vince Carter took his starting position.

Western Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team # of Selections
Starters
PG Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 4th
SG Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers 8th
SF Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets 6th
PF Tim Duncan San Antonio Spurs 8th
C Yao Ming Houston Rockets 4th
Reserves
SG Ray Allen Seattle SuperSonics 6th
PF Elton Brand Los Angeles Clippers 2nd
PF Kevin Garnett Minnesota Timberwolves 9th
PF/C Pau Gasol Memphis Grizzlies 1st
SF Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns 3rd
PF Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks 5th
PG Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs 1st

Coaches[edit]

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 Challenge[edit]

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 Sarunas Jasikevicius Indiana Pacers
PG Chris Paul New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets
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 Krstic New Jersey Nets
PG Jameer Nelson* Orlando Magic
SF Andres 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).

Coaches[edit]

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 Shootout[edit]

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 Contest[edit]

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 Challenge[edit]

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 Hornets
SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat

RadioShack Shooting Stars Competition[edit]

The San Antonio team won the competition with a time of 25.1 seconds.

Contestants
Houston
Tracy McGrady Houston Rockets
Sheryl Swoopes Houston Comets
Clyde Drexler Houston Rockets (Retired)
Los Angeles
Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers
Lisa Leslie Los Angeles Sparks
Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers (Retired)
Phoenix
Shawn Marion Phoenix Suns
Kelly Miller Phoenix Mercury
Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns (Retired)
San Antonio
Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs
Kendra Wecker San Antonio Silver Stars
Steve Kerr San Antonio Spurs (Retired)

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