1998 NBA All-Star Game
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1234 Total
West 25333323 114
East 33343434 135
DateFebruary 8, 1998
ArenaMadison Square Garden
CityNew York City
MVPMichael Jordan
National anthemCast of 1776 (USA)
Robert Cuccioli (Canada)
Halftime showBroadway 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)
Attendance18,323
Network
Announcers
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The 1998 NBA All-Star Game was the 48th edition of the National Basketball Association (NBA) 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.

Summary

Coaches

The Western Conference was coached by George Karl from the Seattle SuperSonics and the Eastern Conference was coached by Larry Bird of the Indiana Pacers.

Players

This would be the All-Star debut of Kobe Bryant, who became the youngest All-Star in NBA history at 19 years of age.[1] It would also be the debut for rookie Tim Duncan. Bryant had a team-high 18 points. Michael Jordan earned MVP honors, scoring 23 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out eight assists. This was Jordan's third MVP award.[2] The game featured four all-stars from the Los Angeles Lakers.

This was the first All-Star game to feature both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan. Jordan would come out of retirement once more in 2001 and play two more seasons (earning All-Star selections 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.

This would be the last All-Star Game until 2000, as a labor dispute caused the following season to be shortened. A total of 10 players from this game would not play in another All-Star Game: Nick Van Exel, Mitch Richmond, Vin Baker, Penny Hardaway, Shawn Kemp, Tim Hardaway, Steve Smith, Glen Rice, Rik Smits and Jayson Williams.

Roster

Game

February 8, 1998
Western Conference 114, Eastern Conference 135
Scoring by quarter: 25–33, 33–34, 33–34, 23–34
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.

Boxscore

Eastern Conference

Team Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Off Def Reb Ast Pf St To Bs Pts
CLE Shawn Kemp 25 5–10 0–1 2–2 2 9 11 2 2 4 4 0 12
DET Grant Hill 28 7–11 1–1 0–0 0 3 3 5 1 1 0 0 15
ATL Dikembe Mutombo 19 4–5 0–0 1–2 1 6 7 0 3 0 0 1 9
CHI Michael Jordan 32 10–18 1–1 2–3 1 5 6 8 0 3 2 0 23
ORL Penny Hardaway 12 3–5 0–1 0–0 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 0 6
MIA Tim Hardaway 17 3–8 2–5 0–0 0 1 1 6 0 0 6 0 8
NJN Jayson Williams 19 2–3 0–0 0–0 3 7 10 1 2 0 0 0 4
IND Rik Smits 21 3–7 0–0 4–4 2 5 7 4 3 0 0 2 10
IND Reggie Miller 20 6–8 1–2 1–2 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 14
CHA Glen Rice 16 6–14 4–6 0–0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 16
ATL Steve Smith 16 6–12 2–5 0–0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 14
BOS Antoine Walker 15 2–8 0–3 0–0 1 2 3 3 0 1 1 0 4
TOTAL 240 57–109 11–25 10–13 13 39 52 32 13 10 15 3 135

Western Conference

Team Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Off Def Reb Ast Pf St To Bs Pts
UTA Karl Malone 17 2–4 0–0 0–0 0 3 3 2 1 2 0 0 4
MIN Kevin Garnett 21 6–11 0–1 0–0 1 3 4 2 0 2 3 1 12
LAL Shaquille O'Neal 18 5–10 0–0 2–4 2 2 4 1 2 0 2 0 12
LAL Kobe Bryant 22 7–16 2–3 2–2 2 4 6 1 1 2 1 0 18
SEA Gary Payton 24 3–7 1–3 0–0 2 1 3 13 0 2 4 0 7
SEA Vin Baker 21 3–12 0–0 2–2 6 2 8 0 1 1 0 0 8
LAL Eddie Jones 25 7–19 0–7 1–2 7 4 11 1 1 2 0 0 15
SAS David Robinson 22 3–4 0–0 9–10 2 4 6 0 1 2 2 2 15
SAC Mitch Richmond 17 4–11 0–2 0–0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 8
PHO Jason Kidd 19 0–1 0–0 0–0 0 1 1 9 2 0 2 0 0
SAS Tim Duncan 14 1–4 0–1 0–0 1 10 11 1 0 0 2 0 2
LAL Nick Van Exel 20 5–14 1–6 2–2 1 2 3 2 0 0 2 0 13
TOTAL 240 46–113 4–23 18–22 24 37 61 34 9 13 18 3 114

Rookies Game

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.

Eastern Conference

Team Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Off Def Reb Ast Pf St To Bs Pts
PHLA Tim Thomas 19 3–6 0-3 3-3 2 3 5 0 3 0 1 0 9
NJ Keith Van Horn 25 6–12 0-1 5-6 3 7 10 0 0 1 3 0 17
CLE Zydrunas Ilgauskas 24 8–10 0-0 2-2 3 4 7 2 3 0 1 2 18
CLE Brevin Knight 17 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 3 3 8 1 0 3 0 1
BOS Ron Mercer 22 4-10 0-0 0-0 2 2 4 2 1 0 3 0 8
BOS Chauncey Billups 16 3-7 2-4 1-5 3 2 5 7 0 2 2 0 9
CLE Cedric Henderson 17 7-13 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 2 1 0 1 1 14
TOR Tracy McGrady 10 4-7 1-2 0-0 1 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 9
TOTAL 150 35-66 3-10 12-18 15 23 38 22 9 3 14 3 85

Western Conference

Team Player Min Fg 3pt Ft Off Def Reb Ast Pf St To Bs Pts
HOU Rodrick Rhodes 25 2–8 0-1 0–0 0 2 2 2 1 2 3 0 4
LAC Maurice Taylor 24 6–14 0-0 0–0 1 5 6 2 0 2 1 0 12
SAC Michael Stewart 19 6–9 0-0 1-1 3 3 6 1 2 2 0 0 13
DEN Bobby Jackson 24 7–14 0-3 1-1 0 2 2 13 4 2 1 0 15
VAN Antonio Daniels 25 7–11 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 1 1 1 0 14
POR Kelvin Cato 11 3–7 0-1 1-3 2 1 3 1 2 2 1 1 9
DEN Danny Fortson 11 4–7 0-0 3-4 5 1 6 0 0 2 0 1 9
POR Alvin Williams 11 1–3 1-1 1-4 0 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 4
TOTAL 150 36–73 1-6 7-12 12 17 29 19 11 12 8 2 80
Score by Periods: 1 2 Final
Western Conference 38 47 80
Eastern Conference 42 38 85

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.

Players 1st Round Semifinal Final
Jeff Hornacek 17 15* 16
Hubert Davis 15 24 10
Dale Ellis 18 15*
Charlie Ward 15 11
Sam Mack 14
Glen Rice 13
Tracy Murray 12
Reggie Miller 12

References

  1. ^ "NYC flashback: 1998 NBA-All Stars". Newsday. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Michael Jordan shakes off the flu to earn MVP honors in 1998". NY Daily News. Retrieved June 16, 2017.