2004 NBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
East 33313731 132
West 31274533 136
DateFebruary 15, 2004
ArenaStaples Center
CityLos Angeles
MVPShaquille O'Neal
National anthemNelly Furtado (CAN)
Christina Aguilera (USA)
Halftime showMichael McDonald
ESPN Radio
AnnouncersMarv Albert, Mike Fratello, and Doug Collins
Kevin Harlan, Steve Kerr, 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 2004 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game which was played on February 15, 2004, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home of the Lakers and Clippers. This game was the 53rd edition of the North American National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Game and was played during the 2003–04 NBA season. This was also the last time the All-Star Game didn’t feature LeBron James, who has appeared in every all star game since this one.

The West defeated the East 136–132, with Shaquille O'Neal of the Los Angeles Lakers winning the Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career. O'Neal scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Jamaal Magloire led the East with 19 points and 8 rebounds.

All-Star Game


Flip Saunders (left) and Rick Carlisle (right) were selected as the West and East head coach, respectively.

The coach for the Western Conference team was Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. The Timberwolves had a 37–15 record on February 15. The coach for the Eastern Conference team was Indiana Pacers head coach Rick Carlisle. The Pacers had a 39–14 record on February 15.


Vince Carter was the lead vote-getter for the fourth time in five years.

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. 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.

For the fourth time in the last five years, Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors led the ballots with 2,127,183 votes, which earned him a starting position in the Eastern Conference team for the fifth year in a row. Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O'Neal, and Ben Wallace completed the Eastern Conference starting position, which would've been the same starting line-up as the previous year, if Carter hadn't given his spot to Michael Jordan. The Eastern Conference reserves included four first-time selections, Kenyon Martin, Jamaal Magloire, Ron Artest, and Michael Redd. Jason Kidd, Paul Pierce, and Baron Davis rounded out the team. Three teams, Indiana Pacers and New Jersey Nets, and Charlotte Hornets had two representations at the All-Star Game with O'Neal/Artest, Martin/Kidd, and Magloire/Davis.

The Western leading vote-getter was Kevin Garnett, who earned his seventh consecutive All-Star Game selection with 1,780,918 votes. Steve Francis, Kobe Bryant, Yao Ming, and Tim Duncan completed the Western Conference starting positions, making it also the same starting line-up as the previous year. The Western Conference reserves included two first-time selections, Sam Cassell of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Andrei Kirilenko of the Utah Jazz. The team is rounded out by Ray Allen, Brad Miller, Dirk Nowitzki, Peja Stojaković, and Shaquille O'Neal. Four teams, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, and Sacramento Kings, had two representations at the All-Star Game with Bryant/O'Neal, Garnett/Cassell, Francis/Yao, and Stojaković/Miller.


- Here are the vote numbers; http://www.nba.com/allstar2004/allstar_game/starter_040129.html

February 15, 2004
Western Conference 136, Eastern Conference 132
Scoring by quarter: 31–33, 27–31, 45–37, 33–31
Pts: Shaquille O'Neal 24
Rebs: Tim Duncan 13
Asts: Sam Cassell 7
Pts: Jamaal Magloire 19
Rebs: Jermaine O'Neal 9
Asts: Allen Iverson 11
Staples Center, Los Angeles
Attendance: 19,662

All-Star Weekend

Slam Dunk Contest

Main article: NBA All-Star Weekend Slam Dunk Contest

Pos. Player Team Height Weight Pct
G Fred Jones Indiana Pacers 6–2 220
G/F Jason Richardson Golden State Warriors 6–6 225
F/C Chris Andersen Denver Nuggets 6-10 228
G/F Ricky Davis Boston Celtics 6–7 195

Three-Point Contest

Main article: NBA All-Star Weekend Three-Point Shootout

Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Voshon Lenard Denver Nuggets 6–4 205 18 18
F Peja Stojaković Sacramento Kings 6–10 229 21 16
G/F Kyle Korver Philadelphia 76ers 6–7 212 19 15
F Rashard Lewis Seattle SuperSonics 6–10 230 16
G Cuttino Mobley Houston Rockets 6–4 190 13
G Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons 6-3 210 12

Rookie Challenge

Stoudemire (far right) receiving the MVP award for the 2004 Rookie Challenge game.

Rookie Roster:

Player Team
Carmelo Anthony Denver Nuggets
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors
Dwyane Wade Miami Heat
LeBron James Cleveland Cavaliers
Jarvis Hayes Washington Wizards
Kirk Hinrich Chicago Bulls
Josh Howard Dallas Mavericks
Chris Kaman Los Angeles Clippers
Udonis Haslem Miami Heat

Head Coach: Doug Collins
Assistant Coach: A.C. Green

Sophomore Roster:

Player Team
Carlos Boozer Cleveland Cavaliers
Mike Dunleavy Jr. Golden State Warriors
Manu Ginóbili San Antonio Spurs
Marko Jarić Los Angeles Clippers
Ronald Murray Seattle SuperSonics
Nenê Denver Nuggets
Tayshaun Prince Detroit Pistons
Amar'e Stoudemire Phoenix Suns
Yao Ming Houston Rockets

Head Coach: Michael Cooper
Assistant Coach: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Said to be the most exciting Rookie Challenge in history due to all the highlight-reel dunks. Much of the hype centered on rookie phenoms LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony, who had 33 and 17 points respectively. Amar'e Stoudemire set a Rookie Challenge record with 36 points (it has since been broken).