For the second time in the event’s history, Houston has been selected as the host city for NBA All-Star. The 55th annual All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center, home of the Houston Rockets on Feb. 19, 2006. Houston first hosted the midseason classic in 1989 before a record crowd of 44,735 at the Astrodome. In that game, the West posted a 143-134 victory behind MVP Karl Malone’s 28 points and John Stockton’s 17 assists, which included an All-Star record nine in a single quarter. Chicago’s Michael Jordan scored 28 points for the East, while the Los Angeles Lakers Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson’s injury replacement on the West roster, played a record 18th and final All-Star Game. In All-Star Saturday night festivities at the Summit, New York’s Kenny Walker took home the Slam Dunk trophy with a record high score of 148.1 in the final round and Seattle’s Dale Ellis collected the Three-Point Shootout crown.
Brand and Sprewell suspended
Los Angeles Clippers forward Elton Brand has been suspended one game without pay for a flagrant foul, penalty two and for pushing Charlotte’s Emeka Okafor in the face.
Minnesota Timberwolves guard Latrell Sprewell has been suspended one game without pay for directing obscenities toward fans.