Houston gets 2006 All-Star game & Sprewell, Brand suspended

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.

NBA.com

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