1998 NBA All-Star Game
|Date||February 8, 1998|
|Arena||Madison Square Garden|
|City||New York City, New York|
|National anthem||Cast of 1776 (USA)|
Robert Cuccioli (Canada)
|Referees||Hue Hollins, Bernie Fryer, Bob Delaney.|
|Halftime show||Broadway All-Stars (featuring cast members from Chicago, Bring'n Da Noise Bring'n Da Funk, Phantom of the Opera, Cats, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Jekyll and Hyde, Miss Saigon, Smokey Joe's Cafe, Les Misérables, Titanic)|
|NBA All-Star Game|
The 1998 NBA All-Star Game was the 48th edition of the North American National Basketball Association All-Star Game. The event was held at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The East won the game 135–114. Besides the NBA All-Star game, there were two other events that occurred in the All-Star Weekend including the Rookies Game and the Three-Point Shootout.
This game was the All-Star Game debut of Kobe Bryant, the youngest all-star in NBA history at 19 years of age, and rookie Tim Duncan. Bryant had a team-high 18 points. Michael Jordan earned MVP honors, scoring 23 points, grabbing 6 rebounds, and dishing out 8 assists despite having the flu. This was Jordan's third MVP award. The game featured four all-stars from the Los Angeles Lakers.
This was the first All-Star game to feature both Kobe Bryant, who was the youngest player in NBA history to be in the All-Star Game, and Michael Jordan. Jordan came out of retirement one final time in 2001 and played two more seasons (and selected to the All-Star team both years) for the Washington Wizards. In 1998, Michael Jordan led all the players in All-Star Game votes with 1,028,235 votes from the fans. This was also the first year that Shaquille O'Neal was able to play in the All-Star Game as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers as he was sidelined in 1997 due to a knee injury.
The NBA All-Star Game didn't resume until 2000. It marked the end of an era as 10 players from this roster never made the all-star team again: Nick Van Exel, Mitch Richmond, Vin Baker, Anfernee Hardaway, Shawn Kemp, Tim Hardaway, Steve Smith, Glen Rice, Rik Smits & Jayson Williams.
February 8, 1998
|Western Conference 114, Eastern Conference 135|
|Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 33–34, 33–34, 33–24|
|Pts: Kobe Bryant 18
Rebs: Eddie Jones, Tim Duncan 11 each
Asts: Gary Payton 13
|Pts: Michael Jordan 23|
Rebs: Shawn Kemp 11
Asts: Michael Jordan 8
Grant Hill and Michael Jordan shot the best field goal percentages this game when comparing players who shot ten or more shots. Grant Hill was 7/11 from the field and he knocked down a three (.636%). Michael Jordan was 10/18 from the field and he also knocked down one three (.556%).
The halftime show featured the Broadway All-Stars.
|LAL||Nick Van Exel||20||5–14||1–6||2–2||1||2||3||2||0||0||2||0||13|
The NBA Rookies game took place on the Friday before the All-Star Game. The coaches of the teams were Willis Reed for the East and Dave DeBusschere for the West. The East would win their consecutive rookies game as Zydrunas Ilgauskas, the Cleveland Cavalier's center became the first international player to be recognized as the game's MVP. The final box score of the 1998 NBA Rookies was 85-80 for the East.
|NJ||Keith Van Horn||25||6–12||0-1||5-6||3||7||10||0||0||1||3||0||17|
|Score by Periods:||1||2||Final|
Three - Point Shootout
The 3 Point shootout was held during the NBA All-Star Saturday. Eight players were selected to compete, all from different teams. There were three rounds in which the four top players will advance to the semifinal round and the top two in the semifinals will advance to the final round. Jeff Hornacek, Hubert Davis, Dale Ellis, and Charlie Ward advanced to the semifinals with Jeff Hornacek and Hubert Davis competing in the finals. In the end, it was Jeff Hornacek who won the 3 Point Shootout.
- Hornacek and Ellis tied during the semifinals and were given an extra 30-second round to break the tie.
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