Feb. 9, 2003: Kevin Garnett Named 2003 All-Star MVP


Feb. 9, 2003 — Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett was named MVP of the 2003 All-Star Game in Atlanta.

Garnett scored the first seven points in the second overtime, including a three-point play, to lead the Western Conference to a 155-145 victory over the Eastern Conference in the 52nd All-Star Game. He scored the first points of the game, a jump shot off an assist from San Antonio's Tim Duncan just 13 seconds into the contest, and nearly closed the scoring as well, recording the second-to-last basket for the West, a dunk with 47 seconds remaining.

Garnett led all scorers with 37 points — the most in an All-Star Game since Michael Jordan scored 40 in 1988 — including a 3-for-3 effort at the free throw line, adding nine rebounds, three assists and five steals in 41 minutes. He tied an NBA All-Star Game record with 17 field goals, matching Wilt Chamberlain (1962) and Jordan (1988).

Garnett was voted by fans to start at forward for the Western Conference on Jan. 23. It is his sixth career All-Star appearance, his fifth as a starter.

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