What is the highest and lowest score in an NBA All-Star Game?
It's East vs West, and quite often man against man, in the NBA All-Star Game with players including Anthony David and Magic Johnson proving decisive.
The 2021 All-Star Game, to be held on 7 March at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta and featuring sides captained by LeBron James and Kevin Durant, will be the 70th edition of the star-studded NBA showpiece, which was first staged at the Boston Garden in 1951 with the Eastern Conference triumphing over the Western 111-94.
Over the course of the ensuing 70 years the Eastern Conference has won 37 times to the Western Conference’s 29 with the game taking place every year except in 1999 during the NBA lockout.
West and East slam in 374 points in 2017
The highest scoring game in All-Star history took place in 2017 in New Orleans when the West and East shared 374 points with the former claiming victory by 10 points, 192-182. The game also produced the most prolific individual performance in the game’s history as Anthony Davis scored 52 points.
A year earlier, the West All-Stars set another record – and would have beaten their 2017 team – by scoring 196 points.
For the lowest points total in All-Star history, it is necessary to go back to 1953 and the third All-Star Game at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. On that occasion, the East and West split just 154 points with the West edging their first All-Star win 79-75. The East’s score on that day remains the lowest total ever managed by an All-Star side.
The All-Star Game has been decided by a single point on four occasions, with both East and West claiming two wins: 124-123 (East) in 1965; 108-107 (West) in 1971; 125-124 (West) in 1977 and 111-110 (East) in 2001.
Johnson's Orlando magic
The biggest win in All-Star history remains the West’s 153-113 triumph in Orlando in 1992, which marked the return of the game’s MVP Magic Johnson, who top-scored with 25 points and to this day retains the records for most career All-Star assists (127) and the most assists in a single game (22 in 1984).