1960s

1961 -- Rookie Oscar Robertson dishes 14 dimes in All-Star debut.

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The Big-O won the MVP in 1961

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Rookie Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati Royals) led a rout of the East squad and captured the All-Star Game MVP award as the West lit up the scoreboard. The final score, 153-131, set a total point record that would not be surpassed for nearly a quarter-century. The 153 points the West put up is a non-overtime record that still stands (though tied in 1992 and 2007).

Robertson missed a triple-double by one rebound, recording 23 points, 14 assists (a new All-Star Game record) and nine rebounds. He finished 8-for-13 from the field and 7-for-9 from the line. The Big O had lots of help from perennial all-star Bob Pettit. The St. Louis Hawk finished with a game-high 29 points, breaking the old All-Star game scoring mark of 28, which Pettit set in 1958. Clyde Lovellette, Pettit’s Hawks teammate, added 21 points.

This trio triggered a scoring barrage at the start of the game. The West blew out their favored opponents, 47-19, in the first quarter. That 47-point quarter was an All-Star record. They accomplished this by shooting 17-for-28 from the field (60.7%), while holding the East to 7-for-29 (24.1%) from the field. The West managed to neutralize the East’s Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia Warriors), who tallied only 12 points, far below his 38.4 PPG season average.

- - Andrejs Penikis, NBA.com

This Day in NBA History: Youngest All-Star MVP

1962 -- Wilt goes for 42 and 24 in losing effort.

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Wilt dominates but East loses.

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Two giants collided at the 1962 All-Star Game: One, a wily veteran in the twilight of his career; the other, a record-breaker just starting out. This time the veteran, and his team, would prevail. Bob Pettit of the St. Louis Hawks was starting his eighth All-Star Game. Wilt Chamberlain of the Philadelphia Warriors was in his third. The young Wilt set a record with his 42 points that remains unbroken to this day. His 23 second-half points also established a new record. Chamberlain also pulled down 24 boards.

But Pettit, playing before 15,112 hometown fans (a record turnout, at the time), scored 25 and grabbed 27 rebounds (a record which still stands). His West team took the lead in the first quarter and never looked back, winning 150-130. Los Angeles Laker Elgin Baylor made good use of his Army leave time, contributing 32 points to the West cause, which also broke the old scoring record. Cincinnati Royal Oscar Robertson tossed in 26 points, while dishing out 13 assists. Almost lost amid the scoring pyrotechnics was Walt Bellamy’s double-double (23 points, 17 rebounds); the Chicago Packers star would go on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award that season.

Pettit won the MVP award, his fourth.

- - Andrejs Penikis, NBA.com

This Day in NBA History: 1962 All-Star Game

1963 -- Wilt vs. Russell: First head-to-head All-Star encounter

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Russell wins the 1963 MVP.

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When did the greatest individual rivalry ever take a breather? The NBA All-Star Game. From 1960-62, the game's dominant forces, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, were teammates and not adversaries. That all changed when the Philadelphia Warriors moved to San Francisco following the 1961-62 season. Chamberlain lined up for the West and against Russell for the first time in the midseason classic.

The greatest offensive force -- Chamberlain -- was outscored (19-17) and outrebounded (24-19) by the greatest defensive force in Russell as the East cruised to a 115-108 victory. Russell led a balanced East squad, which featured six players in double figures. It was Russell's lone All-Star MVP Award in 12 appearances.

- - John Hareas, NBA.com



1964 -- The Big O goes for 26 pts.

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Oscar Robertson dominates 26 points.

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Known as the only player to average a triple-double during the course of an entire NBA season, Oscar Robertson had some success in the All-Star Game as well. Named All-Star MVP of the ’61 contest, Robertson reprised his role of All-Star stud, winning the award for a second time for his performance during the ’64 contest in which he scored a game-high 26 points in leading the East to a 111-107 win. For good measure, the triple-double maven added 14 rebounds and eight assists to upstage Bill Russell’s 13-point, 21-rebound performance, in Beantown no less. Robertson would win the All-Star MVP once more in 1969, eventually becoming one of only three players – Bob Pettit and Michael Jordan being the others – to have won the award three or more times, with Pettit having won an astounding four times. To date, Jordan is the only player in history to record a triple-double in All-Star competition.

- -John Hareas, NBA.com



1965 -– Wilt was traded from S.F. Warriors to 76ers yet still played on West All-Stars

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Wilt was traded the day of the All-Star game.

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Already a five-time All-Star, it was no surprise when Wilt Chamberlain was selected to play in the league’s annual marquee talent showcase in 1965. His stat line of 20 points and 16 rebounds was no surprise either. The real surprise would come two days later when the Stilt was traded by the Warriors to the 76ers, a trade that altered the East’s balance of power and ultimately led to a world title for Philly in 1967. As for the All-Star Game itself, fans couldn’t ask for anything more, a 124-123 barnburner in which the East nearly blew a 16-point lead it had built up through three quarters. Cincinnati Royals forward Jerry Lucas was among four players – Lucas, Chamberlain, Bob Pettit and Bill Russell – to register a double-double, capturing the MVP for his 25-point, 10-rebound performance. Overall, five players posted 20 or more points (Lucas and Oscar Robertson in the East, and Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West and Gus Johnson in the West) in the 15th annual showdown.

- - John Hareas, NBA.com



1966 -- Hometown hero, Adrian Smith wins MVP

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Adrian Smith wins MVP honors.

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This All-Star MVP performance was no fluke, although a quick scan of the 1966 boxscore with the likes of Robertson, West, Chamberlain, Havlicek, Lucas and Barry might lead you to believe otherwise. Adrian Smith of the Cincinnati Royals averaged 18 points per game in his first four-plus NBA seasons and made the most of his lone All-Star appearance, firing at every opportunity in front of the hometown Cincinnati fans.

Smith took more field goal attempts –18 -- than his more celebrated Royal teammates Oscar Robertson and Jerry Lucas. Heck, Smith shot more than any of the 23 other NBA All-Stars. Smith scored 25 points on 9 of 18 shooting in the East’s 137-94 victory in which he received a new Ford Galaxie 500 convertible, a car that he passed on to his son once he was old enough to drive.

If Smith’s performance wasn’t surprising, the East’s 34-point margin of victory – the largest in All-Star Game history – certainly was.

- - John Hareas, NBA.com

1967 -- Rick Barry scored 38 in 32 minutes

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Rick Barry's scoring outburst helped capture his first All-Star MVP

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The West came out fast and stayed out front. Rick Barry, the second-year man leading the league in scoring, appeared to be in a hurry, putting up 38 points in 34 minutes. His West teammate Los Angeles Laker Elgin Baylor was no slouch, either, scoring 20 points in 20 minutes. They made sure that the East did not extend their All-Star Game winning streak to five games.

Barry’s San Francisco Warrior teammate Nate Thurmond had his hands full, fighting off Wilt Chamberlain, Bill Russell and Jerry Lucas, sometimes all at the same time, but he still grabbed 18 boards. Okay, so Wilt was hurt, but he still managed to pull down 22 rebounds.

The two Warriors, Barry and Thurmond, accounted for 23 of the West’s 39 first quarter points, warming the hearts of their hometown fans. They put the West in front, but the East did not surrender. The West squad took a nine point lead to start the final period, and then buried their rivals. Barry once again took the lead, outscoring the East single-handedly, 9-0, during one stretch in the fourth quarter.

And Rick Barry went home with MVP award.

- - Andrejs Penikis, NBA.com

1968 -- A record 17 HOFers play in the All-Star Game

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Hal Greer (MVP) was the star among stars in '68

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Talk about All-Stars! These two teams set the record for greatness. Seventeen future Hall of Famers played in this game. The sellout crowd of 18,422 (a new All-Star Game record) received the outcome they expected – an East victory – but not in the way they expected it.

Yes, the East’s Wilt Chamberlain, still with the Philadelphia 76ers, dominated this one, but not in the usual way. Not by scoring and rebounding, but by stopping the West on defense and dishing and screening on offense. Wilt used his skills to unleash the talents of guard Hal Greer, his underappreciated Sixers teammate. This tandem put the East in front to stay in the second half, with a 144-124 final score.

With Wilt in the game, the East padded their lead; with Wilt resting, the West kept whittling away. In the third quarter the West went up by two and Chamberlain and Greer went to work. Wilt fed and picked, while Hal drove and scored. Greer scored 14 points in under three minutes. He tallied 19 points in the quarter, going 7-for-7 from the field. That 19 point total was a new All-Star Game record, and it stood for almost 30 years.

Greer played only 17 minutes, but that was long enough to win the MVP award.

- - Andrejs Penikis, NBA.com

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