Indianapolis to host 2021 NBA All-Star Game

December 13, 2017

The NBA announced that Indianapolis has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2021.  The 70th NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, February 14, 2021.  This will mark the second NBA All-Star in Indianapolis, which hosted the midseason classic in 1985.

“Indianapolis has an enduring love for basketball that creates a special connection to our All-Star Game,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.  “I want to especially thank Herb Simon for his efforts to bring the All-Star festivities back to Indianapolis as well as acknowledge the strong support we received from Governor Holcomb, Mayor Hogsett, Larry Bird, Rick Fuson and the entire Pacers organization.”

Indianapolis will follow Los Angeles in 2018, Charlotte in 2019, and Chicago in 2020 as All-Star host.  

NBA All-Star 2021 on-court events will include top rookies and second-year players in the Rising Stars on Friday, Feb. 12, followed the next day by the Skills Challenge, the Three-Point Contest and the Slam Dunk during All-Star Saturday Night.

Indianapolis previously hosted NBA All-Star in 1985, when the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 140-129 in the 35th All-Star Game.  The crowd of 43,146 at the Hoosier Dome was the largest to attend an NBA game at the time.

All-Star Game MVP Ralph Sampson of the Houston Rockets finished with a game-high 24 points and a team-high 10 rebounds for the West, while Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson added 21 points and 15 assists.  Detroit Pistons guard Isiah Thomas (22 points) and Boston Celtics forward Larry Bird (21 points) led the East.  Rookies Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls and Hakeem Olajuwon of the Rockets made their All-Star debuts.

NBA All-Star 1985 also featured a classic Slam Dunk Contest, won by Atlanta Hawks forward Dominique Wilkins after a final-round duel with Jordan.

By Staff of and news services

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