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2013 NBA All-Star Game

Houston's Toyota Center Hosts All-Star Festivities

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Russell Westbrook - 2012 NBA All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook #0 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Western Conference dunks during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012

Getty Images / Ronald Martinez
Updated November 15, 2012
NBA All-Star Weekend returns to Houston for the 2012-13 season.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be the third played in Houston and the second in the Toyota Center.

Houston last hosted the game in 2006. LeBron James - just 21 years old at the time - scored 29 points and grabbed six boards in that game, becoming the youngest player to win All-Star MVP honors. Tracy McGrady - then of the hometown Rockets - led all scorers with 36.

The 1989 game was also played in Houston - at the Astrodome. Future hall-of-famer Karl Malone won MVP honors for that game.

The game and all other all-star events will be televised on TNT.

Schedule of Events

  • February 15th: NBA All-Star Celebrity Game and NBA All-Star Rookie Challenge
  • February 16th: All-Star Saturday: Three-point Shootout, Dunk contest, skills challenge, etc.
  • February 17th: 2013 NBA All-Star Game

Rosters

The starters for the Eastern and Western Conference All-Star teams will be selected via fan vote. Voting began on November 13, 2012 and will continues through the January 14, 2013. The starting lineups will be announced on TNT on January 17th.

Reserves are selected by a vote of the coaches in each conference. Coaches are asked to vote for two forwards, two guards and a center and are not permitted to vote for their own players.

Coaches

The Eastern and Western Conference all-star teams will be led by the coaches with the best records in their respective conferences as of February 3 - two weeks before the game. Last year's coaches - Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks - are ineligible; league rules prohibit a coach from running the all-star team in consecutive seasons.

Injuries

If a player is injured an unable to participate, the league will names replacement. If a starter misses the game, the all-star coach selects another starter from among the reserves. For example - in 2011, Yao Ming was voted the Western Conference's starting center, despite the fact that he had already sustained a season (and career) ending injury. The league named Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love as Yao's replacement on the roster, but West coach Popovic gave his own player - Tim Duncan - the starting nod.

Tickets

Ticket packages are available via NBAevents.com starting at around $2,000.
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