1985 NBA All-Star Game

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1985 NBA All-Star Game
West 40282943140
East 35332437129
DateFebruary 10, 1985
Arena Hoosier Dome
Market Square Arena (All-Star Saturday)
City Indianapolis, Indiana
MVP Ralph Sampson
Referees Mike Mathis and Ed T. Rush
NBA All-Star Game
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The 35th National Basketball Association All-Star Game was played on February 10, 1985, at the Hoosier Dome [1] in Indianapolis, Indiana. The coaches were K. C. Jones (Boston Celtics) for the East, and Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers) for the West. The MVP was Ralph Sampson, Houston (29 minutes, 24 points, 10 rebounds).

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K. C. Jones is an American retired professional basketball player and coach. He is best known for his association with the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association (NBA), with whom he won eleven of his twelve NBA championships. As a player, he is tied for third for most NBA championships in a career, and is one of three NBA players with an 8-0 record in NBA Finals series. He is the only African-American non-player head coach to win multiple NBA championships. Jones was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1989.

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Western Conference

Adrian Dantley, Utah Jazz 2326662110
Ralph Sampson, Houston Rockets 2910154610124
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Los Angeles Lakers 23510126111
Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers 317147851521
George Gervin, San Antonio Spurs 251012343123
Alex English, Denver Nuggets 140300210
Norm Nixon, Los Angeles Clippers 1957122811
Larry Nance, Phoenix Suns 1578225016
Rolando Blackman, Dallas Mavericks 23714123215
Jack Sikma, Seattle SuperSonics 120200200
Calvin Natt, Denver Nuggets 111312313
Akeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets 152226516

Eastern Conference

Julius Erving, Philadelphia 76ers 23515224312
Larry Bird, Boston Celtics 31816568221
Moses Malone, Philadelphia 76ers 33210361217
Isiah Thomas, Detroit Pistons 25914112522
Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls 222934627
Micheal Ray Richardson, New Jersey Nets 132812215
Robert Parish, Boston Celtics 102500614
Bernard King, New York Knicks 22610127113
Sidney Moncrief, Milwaukee Bucks 221566548
Terry Cummings, Milwaukee Bucks 16717347017
Dennis Johnson, Boston Celtics 123722638
Bill Laimbeer, Detroit Pistons 112412315

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First round

The first round was highlighted with the only perfect score of 50 for the round by Terence Stansbury. The judges gave him a perfect score on a 360 statue of liberty dunk. The other two highs from the round were two 49's both performed by Dominique Wilkins. Clyde Drexler 122, Darrell Griffith 126, and Orlando Woolridge 124 were eliminated after the first round. Michael Jordan 130, Terence Stansbury 130, and Dominique Wilkins 145 all advanced.


The semi-finals only had one perfect score of 50 and it was scored by Michael Jordan on his last dunk when he jumped from the free throw line and slammed it home with one hand. Both Terence Stansbury and Dominique Wilkins each scored a 49 in this round. The two that advanced to the finals were Michael Jordan 142 and Dominique Wilkins 140. Julius Erving 132, Larry Nance 131, and Terence Stansbury 136 were all eliminated.


In the final round Dominique Wilkins scored two 50s. On the first Wilkins bounced off the backboard and reversed it home with two hands. On the second he performed a huge two hand windmill dunk that sealed the victory for him. The final scores were Michael Jordan 136 and Dominique Wilkins 147. This was the first of many battles for slam dunk supremacy fought between Jordan and Wilkins, with round one going to Wilkins.

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