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2003 NBA All-Star Game

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2003 NBA All-Star Game
1234OT2OT Total
West 183731341817 155
East 23294127187 145
DateFebruary 9, 2003
ArenaPhilips Arena
MVPKevin Garnett
National anthemGloria Reuben (CAN)
Martina McBride (USA)
Halftime showMariah Carey (celebrating the career of Michael Jordan)
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersMarv Albert, Mike Fratello, and Jeff Van Gundy
Kevin Harlan, Danny Ainge, 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 2003 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 9, 2003, at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, home of the Atlanta Hawks. This game was the 52nd edition of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2002–03 NBA season.

The West defeated the East 155–145 in double overtime, with Kevin Garnett of the Minnesota Timberwolves winning the Most Valuable Player. Garnett scored 37 points, grabbed 9 rebounds, and had 5 steals. Allen Iverson led the East with 35 points.

This was the first All-Star Game to be transmitted on cable television, through TNT. This was also the 14th and final All-Star Game that Michael Jordan participated in, as a result of his final retirement after the 2002–03 season. It was the most recent NBA All-Star Game to be decided in overtime, as well as the first (and so far only) to be decided in double-overtime.

All-Star Game



Isiah Thomas was chosen as the East head coach for the first time in his career.

The coach for the Western Conference team was Sacramento Kings head coach Rick Adelman. The coach for the Eastern Conference team was Indiana Pacers head coach Isiah Thomas. The Pacers had a 34–15 record on February 9.


Yao Ming, from China, became the first rookie in eight years to be selected by fans as an All-Star starter.

The rosters for the All-Star Game were chosen in two ways. The starters were chosen via a fan ballot. Two guards, two forwards and one center who received the highest vote were named the All-Star starters. This was also the first time that the league offered All-Star ballots in three languages — English, Spanish and Chinese — for fan voting of the starters.[1] The reserves were chosen by votes among the NBA head coaches in their respective conferences. The coaches were not permitted to vote for their own players. The reserves consist of two guards, two forwards, one center and two players regardless of position. If a player is unable to participate due to injury, the commissioner will select a replacement.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers led the ballots with 1,474,386 votes, which earned him a starting position as a guard in the Western Conference team for the fifth year in a row. Yao Ming, of the Houston Rockets, was the second player with the most votes for the West, becoming the first rookie starter in the All-Star Game since Grant Hill in 1995.[2] Yao was voted to start over Shaquille O'Neal, who was coming off three consecutive NBA Finals MVP Awards, receiving nearly a quarter million more votes than the Lakers center.[3] Steve Francis, Kevin Garnett, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions. Bryant, Garnett, Francis, and Duncan were all starters for the previous year's Western Conference team. The Western Conference reserves included one first-time selection, Shawn Marion, of the Phoenix Suns. The squad was rounded out by Gary Payton, Steve Nash, Dirk Nowitzki, Chris Webber, Peja Stojaković, Stephon Marbury, and Shaquille O'Neal. Five teams, Los Angeles Lakers, Dallas Mavericks, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Phoenix Suns, had two representations at the All-Star Game with Bryant/O'Neal, Nash/Nowitzki, Francis/Yao, Webber/Stojaković and Marion/Marbury.

The Eastern Conference's leading vote-getter was Tracy McGrady, who earned his third consecutive All-Star Game selection with 1,316,297 votes. Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Jermaine O'Neal, and Ben Wallace completed the Eastern Conference starting position. This was Wallace's first All-Star selection, as he led the league in rebounding. This was also the fourth consecutive All-Star appearance by Iverson and Carter, and O'Neal's second appearance as an All-Star. The Eastern Conference reserves included three first-time selections, Brad Miller, Jamal Mashburn, and Žydrūnas Ilgauskas. Michael Jordan, Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Antoine Walker rounded out the team. However, Carter relinquished his starting spot to Jordan, so he could start his final All-Star Game.[4] Two teams, Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, had two representations at the All-Star Game with O'Neal/Miller, and Walker/Pierce.



^INJ Chris Webber was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Peja Stojaković was named as Webber's replacement.[5]
^1 Vince Carter relinquished his starting spot to Michael Jordan.


February 9, 2003
Kevin Garnett MVP
Western Conference 155, Eastern Conference 145 (2OT)
Scoring by quarter: 18–23, 37–29, 31–41, 34–27, Overtime: 18–18, 17–7
Pts: Kevin Garnett 37
Rebs: Tim Duncan 15
Asts: Steve Francis 9
Pts: Allen Iverson 35
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 10
Asts: Jason Kidd 10
Philips Arena, Atlanta
Attendance: 20,325
Referees: Jim Clark, Luis Grillo, Ted Bernhardt

The Western All-Stars won the game 155–145 in double overtime. It seemed the East were on way to a victory when Jordan hit a jump shot to give the East a 138–136 lead with 4.8 seconds remaining in overtime. However, Jermaine O'Neal fouled Kobe Bryant while shooting a three-point field goal with one second remaining. Bryant hit two of the three shots to tie the game, resulting in the first double-overtime in All-Star history. In the second overtime, Kevin Garnett hit three jumpers in the post over a smaller Vince Carter to lead the West to victory. Garnett won the MVP award after scoring a game-high 37 points. It was Jordan's final All-Star game. After declining Allen Iverson and Tracy McGrady's offers to give him their starting spot, he accepted Vince Carter's last minute offer.[6][7]

The halftime show featured Mariah Carey wearing a dress in the style of Jordan's Wizards jersey who sang the song Hero, alongside a video montage celebrating Jordan's career. Afterwards, Carey introduced Jordan to a standing ovation from both the West and East all-stars and the crowd. Jordan thanked his former teammates, adversaries, family, and the fans for everything he had achieved in his career, ending with him saying that he can go home and be at peace with the game of basketball.[8]

All-Star Weekend


Slam Dunk Contest

Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G/F Jason Richardson Golden State Warriors 6–6 225 100 96
G/F Desmond Mason Seattle SuperSonics 6–5 222 90 93
F Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns 6-11 245 79
F Richard Jefferson New Jersey Nets 6–7 230 74

Three-Point Contest

Peja Stojaković, of the Sacramento Kings, won his second 3-point title in a row.
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round Tiebreaker
F Peja Stojaković Sacramento Kings 6–10 229 19 20 22
G Wesley Person Memphis Grizzlies 6-6 195 14 20 16
G Brent Barry Seattle SuperSonics 6–7 210 19 17
F Pat Garrity Orlando Magic 6–9 238 13
G/F David Wesley New Orleans Hornets 6–1 203 12
F Antoine Walker Boston Celtics 6–9 265 7


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