NEW YORK, Feb. 2, 2006 – NBA TV, the league’s 24-hour television network, will begin its countdown to NBA All-Star 2006 in Houston by airing 18 of the greatest All-Star Games starting Monday, Feb. 6. NBA legends Jerry West, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan and Miami Heat star Shaquille O’Neal will be among the All-Stars taking the floor during this 10-day marathon, which will feature the greatest names from the past 35 years at the annual midseason classic. The marathon also will include the 1976 ABA All-Star Game in Denver when Julius Erving of the New York Nets mesmerized the nation with his performance in the Slam Dunk Contest.

The NBA TV Hardwood Classics Marathon will include:

Monday, Feb. 6
1:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1970, Philadelphia, East defeats West, 142-135
The Royals’ Oscar Robertson becomes the then career All-Star scoring leader (230) with 21- point outing.

3:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1972, Los Angeles, West defeats East, 112-110
The Lakers’ Jerry West hits last second 20-foot jump shot on the run to give the West the victory.

Tuesday, Feb. 7
1:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1975, Phoenix, East defeats West, 108-102
The Knicks’ Walt Frazier leads all-scorers with a 30-point MVP performance.

Wednesday, Feb. 8
1:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1976, Philadelphia, East defeats West, 123-109
The Bullets’ Dave Bing proves that he still has the All-Star touch by earning the MVP award.

Thursday, Feb. 9
1:00 p.m. ET: ABA All-Star 1976, Denver, Denver defeats All-Stars, 144-138
The Nets’ Julius Erving amazes fans with an unforgettable performance in the Slam Dunk Contest.

Friday, Feb. 10
3:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1981, Cleveland, East defeats West, 123-120
The Celtics’ Nate Archibald proves that he is the master playmaker with nine points and nine assists.

Saturday, Feb. 11
4:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1982, East Rutherford, East defeats West, 120-118
Celtic Pride rules as Boston’s Larry Bird, Robert Parish and Nate Archibald lead the East to victory.

Monday, Feb. 13
1:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1984, Denver, East defeats West, 154-145 (OT)
Sixers’ Julius Erving leads all scorers with 34 points as he guides the East back from 14-point halftime deficit.

3:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1986, Dallas, East defeats West, 139-132
The Pistons’ Isiah Thomas wins second MVP in three years after chalking up 30 points and 10 assists.

5:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1987, Seattle, West defeats East, 154-149 (OT)
Last-minute All-Star addition Tom Chambers shocks hometown crowd with a 34-point MVP performance.

Tuesday, Feb. 14
1:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1988, Chicago, East defeats West, 138-133
The Bulls Michael Jordan doesn’t disappoint the Windy City crowd with a 40-point performance.

5:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 1989, Houston, West defeats East, 143-134
The Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes his record 18th and final All-Star appearance.

Wednesday, Feb. 15
1:00 p.m.: NBA All-Star 1991, Charlotte, East defeats West, 116-114
The Sixers’ Charles Barkley dominates the boards with 22 rebounds.

3:00 p.m.: NBA All-Star 1992, Orlando, West defeats East, 153-113
The Lakers’ Magic Johnson returns to court for first game of 1991-92 season after early season retirement.

5:00 p.m.: NBA All-Star 1993, Salt Lake City, West defeats East, 135-132 (OT)
Utah’s Karl Malone and John Stockton become first teammates to share MVP honors.

Thursday, Feb. 16
12:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 2000, Oakland, West defeats East, 137-126
The front line of Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett combines for 70 points and 33 rebounds.

2:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 2001, Washington, D.C., East defeats West, 111-110
The Sixers’ Allen Iverson and the Nets’ Stephon Marbury lead East back from a 21-point deficit.

4:00 p.m. ET: NBA All-Star 2003, Atlanta, West defeats East, 155-145 (20T)
The Wizards’ Michael Jordan dresses for his final All-Star appearance.

In addition, NBA TV will showcase a full-slate of NBA All-Star specials on Sunday, Feb. 12. This special lineup of retrospectives includes: History of NBA All-Star Weekend (3:00 p.m. ET), 20 Years of All-Star Saturday Night (4:00 p.m. ET), Footlocker’s All-Star Action (5:00 p.m. ET), 1986 All-Star Weekend – Texas Style, and NBA All-Star 2002 Special (7:00 p.m. ET).

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