2024 NBA All-Star Game
1234 Total
West 47424750 186
East 53515651 211
DateFebruary 18, 2024
ArenaGainbridge Fieldhouse (All-Star Game)
Lucas Oil Stadium (All-Star Saturday Night)
CityIndianapolis
MVPDamian Lillard (East)
National anthemBabyface (American)
Charlotte Cardin (Canadian)
Halftime showJennifer Hudson
Attendance17,251
NetworkTNT
TBS (as all-star game)
truTV (alternate broadcasts)
AnnouncersBrian Anderson, Reggie Miller, Candace Parker, and Allie LaForce (All-Star Game, TNT and TBS)
Taylor Rooks, Charles Barkley, Draymond Green, and Jamal Crawford (All-Star Game Alt-Cast, truTV)
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Kenny Smith, Shaquille O'Neal, and Allie LaForce (All-Star Saturday Night, TNT)
Adam Lefkoe, Vince Carter, Carmelo Anthony, Jayson Tatum, and Chris Haynes (All-Star Saturday Night Alt-Cast, truTV)
Adam Lefkoe, Candace Parker, Jamal Crawford, Tyrese Haliburton, and Chris Haynes (Rising Stars Tournament, TNT)
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The 2024 NBA All-Star Game was an exhibition basketball game played on February 18, 2024. It was the 73rd edition of the NBA All-Star Game. It was hosted by the Indiana Pacers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse. This was the second time that Indianapolis hosted the All-Star Game; the last time the game was played in the city was in 1985 at the Hoosier Dome. This year's All-Star Game featured the return of the Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format that was last used in 2017.[1] The game was televised by TNT for the 22nd consecutive year.[2] All-Star Voting began on December 19, 2023, and ended on January 20, 2024.[3]

The Eastern Conference defeated the Western Conference 211–186. This was the most points ever scored by a team at an All-Star Game, and the most points scored by both teams (397). Combined there were 67 three-point field goals made, also a record.[4]

Background

The announcement of the site selection was initially made on December 13, 2017, at a press conference held by the Indiana Pacers. In attendance at the announcement were NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Pacers owner Herb Simon, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb, and Indianapolis mayor Joe Hogsett. The team had submitted its bid for the game with then-team president and NBA legend Larry Bird delivering the bid in a specially livered Dallara IR-07.[5] On November 25, 2020, the NBA announced that the Pacers would host the All-Star Game in 2024 instead of 2021 due to NBA schedule changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and schedule conflicts with the 2021 NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, which was held in several venues around Indianapolis and central Indiana.[6][7][8]

Additional events including a celebrity game and practices open to the public were held at the adjacent Indiana Convention Center, while all Saturday night events took place at Lucas Oil Stadium on a glass basketball court.[9][10] The city of Indianapolis hoped to see an 8-figure ($10,000,000) economic impact surrounding the game.[5]

Format change

On October 25, 2023, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the 2024 All-Star Game would return to the Eastern Conference versus Western Conference format that was last used in the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, alongside the removal of the 24-point Elam Ending that was first used in 2020. The charity aspect would be retained, with the team that scores the most points in each quarter winning a cash prize that would go to their chosen charity.[1]

All-Star Game

Coaches

Milwaukee Bucks' Doc Rivers (left) and Minnesota Timberwolves' Chris Finch (right) were selected as the East and West coach, respectively.

Doc Rivers, coach of the Milwaukee Bucks for five games after the firing of former coach Adrian Griffin, qualified as the head coach of Eastern Conference on February 3. Although the Boston Celtics clinched the best record in the Eastern Conference, their coach, Joe Mazzulla, was ineligible to coach in the All-Star Game because he had coached in the 2023 game and league rules prohibited a coach from coaching in consecutive All-Star Games.[11] Chris Finch, coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves, qualified as the head coach of Western Conference on February 4.[12]

Rosters

As had been the case in previous years, the rosters for the All-Star Game were selected through a voting process. The fans could vote through the NBA website as well as through their Google account. The starters were chosen by the fans, media, and current NBA players. Fans made up 50% of the vote, and NBA players and media each comprised 25% of the vote. The two guards and three frontcourt players who received the highest cumulative vote totals in each conferences were named the All-Star starters and the two players in each conference with the highest votes were named team captains.[13] NBA head coaches voted for the reserves for their respective conferences, none of which could be players from their own team. Each coach selected two guards, three frontcourt players and two wild cards, with each selected player ranked in order of preference within each category. If a multi-position player was to be selected, coaches were encouraged to vote for the player at the position that was "most advantageous for the All-Star team", regardless of where the player was listed on the All-Star ballot or the position he was listed in box scores.[14]

The All-Star Game starters were announced on January 25, 2024. Tyrese Haliburton of the Indiana Pacers and Damian Lillard of the Milwaukee Bucks were announced as the starting guards in the East, earning their second and eighth all-star appearances respectively. Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Jayson Tatum of the Boston Celtics were named the frontcourt starters in the East, earning their eighth and fifth all-star appearances respectively. Joining the East frontcourt was Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, his seventh selection.[15]

In the West, Luka Dončić of the Dallas Mavericks and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of the Oklahoma City Thunder were named to the starting backcourt, earning their fifth and second all-star appearances respectively. In the frontcourt, Kevin Durant of the Phoenix Suns and LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers were named to their 14th and 20th all-star appearances respectively. James' 20th All-Star selection set an NBA record for most All-Star selections, breaking a record he previously shared with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. With his selection, James also joins the short list of players with 20 or more All-Star selections which includes Hall of Fame hockey player Gordie Howe and Baseball Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Stan Musial.[16][17] Joining the West frontcourt was Nikola Jokić of the Denver Nuggets, earning his sixth selection.[15]

The All-Star Game reserves were announced on February 1, 2024. The West reserves included Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, his fourth selection; Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors, his tenth selection; Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, his ninth selection; Anthony Edwards of the Minnesota Timberwolves, his second selection; Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, his ninth selection; Kawhi Leonard of the Los Angeles Clippers, his sixth selection; and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, his fourth selection.[18]

The East reserves included Bam Adebayo of the Miami Heat, his third selection; Paolo Banchero of the Orlando Magic, his first selection; Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, his third selection; Jalen Brunson of the New York Knicks, his first selection; Tyrese Maxey of the Philadelphia 76ers, his first selection; Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers, his fifth selection; and Julius Randle of the New York Knicks, his third selection.[18]

After injuries were reported from Joel Embiid and Julius Randle, the NBA announced that Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks and Scottie Barnes of the Toronto Raptors would replace them as on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster.[19]

^INJ1 Joel Embiid was unable to play due to a leg injury.[20]
^INJ2 Julius Randle was unable to play due to a shoulder injury.[20]
^REP1 Trae Young was selected as Joel Embiid's replacement.[20]
^REP2 Scottie Barnes was selected as Julius Randle's replacement.[20]
^ST1 Bam Adebayo was selected to start in place of Joel Embiid.[21]

Game

The 2024 All-Star Game was reverted back to the pre-2018 format, with two teams representing the two conferences playing in four 12-minute quarters. The charity aspect was retained, in which the team that scored the most points in each quarter received a cash prize that would be donated to a designated charity.

The Eastern Conference All-Stars won the game, 211–186. It was the first time in NBA All-Star Game history that a team reached the 200-point mark. Tyrese Haliburton made a go-ahead three-pointer to reach the mark.[22] Damian Lillard, in his first All-Star Game as a starter and as a player for the Milwaukee Bucks was named the NBA All-Star Game MVP. Having previously won the Three-Point Contest, he is the first player to win the Three-Point Contest and the All-Star Game MVP in the same weekend.[22]

February 18, 2024
8:00 pm ET
Western Conference 186, Eastern Conference 211
Scoring by quarter: 47–53, 42–51, 47–56, 50–51
Pts: Karl-Anthony Towns 50
Rebs: Anthony Davis 8
Asts: Nikola Jokic 9
Pts: Damian Lillard 39
Rebs: Paolo Banchero 9
Asts: Trae Young 7
Gainbridge Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Attendance: 17,251
Referees:

All-Star Weekend

Celebrity Game

Further information: NBA All-Star Weekend Celebrity Game

The 2024 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was held on Friday, February 16, 2024, at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, with First Take personalities Shannon Sharpe and Stephen A. Smith serving as honorary coaches.[23] The "Crunch Time" (each team receiving the ability to activate two minutes of double-points) and four-point line rules introduced at the previous year's game returned.[24]

February 16, 2024
7:00 pm ET
Team Shannon 100, Team Stephen A. 91
Scoring by quarter: 22–26, 30–19, 20–26, 28–20
Pts: Micah Parsons 37
Rebs: Micah Parsons 16
Asts: Puka Nacua 4
Pts: C. J. Stroud 31
Rebs: Tristan Jass 10
Asts: Tristan Jass 6

Rising Stars Challenge

Further information: Rising Stars Challenge

^INJ1 Shaedon Sharpe was unable to participate due to injury.[25]
^REP1 Jeremy Sochan was selected as Shaedon Sharpe's replacement.[25]
^INJ2 Dyson Daniels was unable to participate due to injury.[26]
^REP2 Vince Williams Jr. was selected as Dyson Daniels's replacement.[26]
^INJ3 Ron Holland was unable to participate due to injury.[27]
^REP3 Emoni Bates was selected as Ron Holland's replacement.[27]

 
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Team Jalen40
 
 
 
Team Tamika35
 
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Team Detlef13
 
Team Detlef41
 
 
Team Pau36
 

Skills Challenge

Further information: NBA All-Star Weekend Skills Challenge

Team Pacers[28]
Pos. Player Team
G Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers
F Bennedict Mathurin Indiana Pacers
C Myles Turner Indiana Pacers
Team Top Pick[28]
Pos. Player Team
F Paolo Banchero Orlando Magic
G Anthony Edwards Minnesota Timberwolves
F Victor Wembanyama San Antonio Spurs
Team All-Stars[28]
Pos. Player Team
F Scottie Barnes Toronto Raptors
G Tyrese Maxey Philadelphia 76ers
G Trae Young Atlanta Hawks

Three Point Contest

Further information: Three Point Contest

Contestants[28]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round
(Tiebreaker)
Final round
G Damian Lillard Milwaukee Bucks 6–2 195 26 (16) 26
G Trae Young Atlanta Hawks 6–1 164 26 (15) 24
C Karl-Anthony Towns Minnesota Timberwolves 7–0 248 26 (16) 24
G Tyrese Haliburton Indiana Pacers 6–5 185 26 (12) DNQ
F Lauri Markkanen Utah Jazz 7–0 240 25
G Jalen Brunson New York Knicks 6–2 190 24
G Donovan Mitchell Cleveland Cavaliers 6–3 215 21
G Malik Beasley Milwaukee Bucks 6–4 187 20

Stephen vs. Sabrina

Following the Three Point Contest on Saturday, February 17, Stephen Curry and Sabrina Ionescu competed in a bonus head-to-head 3-point challenge, the first such challenge pitting an NBA player against a WNBA player during All-Star Weekend (not considering team events). Ionescu had won the Three Point Contest during the 2023 WNBA All Star Weekend in Las Vegas with a second-round score of 37, which surpassed the NBA record of 31 that Curry set in 2021 in Atlanta and that Haliburton matched in 2023 in Salt Lake City.[29]

Both players shot from the NBA 3-point line, but Curry used NBA-sized basketballs and Ionescu used WNBA-sized basketballs.[30]

Contestants[28]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight Final round
G Stephen Curry Golden State Warriors 6–2 185 29
G Sabrina Ionescu New York Liberty 5–11 165 26

Slam Dunk Contest

Further information: Slam Dunk Contest

Contestants[28]
Pos. Player Team Height Weight First round Final round
G Mac McClung Osceola MagicNBA G League 6–2 185 97.4 (48+49.4) 98.8 (48.8+50)
G Jaylen Brown Boston Celtics 6–6 223 96.4 (48.8+47.6) 97.8 (48.6+49.2)
F Jacob Toppin New York Knicks 6–8 200 95 (47.8+47.2) DNQ
F Jaime Jaquez Jr. Miami Heat 6–6 225 94.2 (47.4+46.8)

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