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The Numbers Game: The 58th NBA All-Star Game

By John Schuhmann,
Posted Feb 16 2009 12:42AM

PHOENIX -- The margin of victory wasn't as small as we would have liked it to be, but there were plenty of numbers we liked in the 58th NBA All-Star Game. Here they are...

0 Points scored by Joe Johnson, the only player not to score in the game. Johnson missed all four shots he took and turned the ball over five times.
0 Number of alley-oop dunks Chris Paul has had in his NBA career.
1 Number of alley-oop dunks Paul had in the 2009 All-Star Game.
1 Number of celebrities sitting courtside who were wearing a top hat (Spike Lee).
1 Number of players in the All-Star Game with their last name on the front of their jersey.
2 Number of All-Stars who attended Wake Forest (Paul and Tim Duncan), the only college represented by more than one player this year.
2 Assists from Kobe Bryant to Shaquille O'Neal.
3 Different numbers Allen Iverson has worn in the All-Star Game. He wore No. 1 for the first time Sunday and had previously worn No. 3 and No. 6 (in Philadelphia in 2002 to honor Julius Erving).
6 Consecutive years the West has been the home team in the All-Star Game. It will be seven next year in Dallas. The East was last the home team in Atlanta in 2003.
6 Numbers worn by two different players in the game (1, 2, 3, 7, 9 and 34). Paul and Dwyane Wade, who both wear No. 3, were the leading same-number duo with a combined 32 points.
7 Eastern Conference All-Stars who have played for a team in the Western Conference. Two West All-Stars have played in the East.
9 All-Stars who wore arm sleeves, six from the East and three from the West. The no-sleeves outscored the sleeves, 163-102.
11 Minutes played by Shaquille O'Neal, co-MVP.
14 Assists by Paul. No other player had more than five.
19 Consecutive points scored by the West in the first quarter, turning a 12-point deficit into a seven-point lead.
21 Points the West outscored the East by during the 7:52 Johnson and Devin Harris played in the first half.
23 All-Star Games won by the West. They trail the all-time series 35-23.
23.4 Career All-Star scoring average for LeBron James (117 points in five games), the all-time leader.
27 Points scored by co-MVP Bryant, 27 more than he scored in last year's game.
34 Three-pointers attempted by the East (four players attempted five or more). The West attempted 14 (eight by Bryant).
41 Total points scored by the two Los Angeles Lakers (Bryant and Pau Gasol), the most by any set of teammates.
76 Length in seconds of O'Neal's intro dance with the JabbaWockeeZ. Anybody else wonder what must have been going through Phil Jackson's mind as he watched that?
95.5 Combined free throw percentage (21-for-22) for the two teams in the first half. They shot 44.4 percent (8-for-18) in the second half.
96 Points in the paint for the West. The East had 58.
207 Career All-Star points by Bryant, 55 behind Michael Jordan, the all-time leader in total All-Star points. Bryant takes over as the active all-time leader, passing O'Neal, who now has 202.
443 Games remaining the 2008-09 regular season.
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