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NBA All-Star Game Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 12:32 PM EST, Tue February 18, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at what you need to know about the NBA All-Star Game. The All-Star game caps off All-Star Weekend. All-Star Weekend includes the Slam Dunk contest, the Three Point Shootout and the Rookie Challenge. The Eastern Conference has won 37 All-Star games and the Western Conference has won 26. The 2015 NBA All-Star Game will be held at Madison Square Garden in New York on February 15.

2014:
Western Conference Roster:
Head Coach: Scott Brooks (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Starters:
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) - Forward
Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) - Forward
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers) - Guard
Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) - Guard
Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) - Forward

Eastern Conference Roster:
Head Coach: Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers)
Starters:
Carmelo Anthony (N.Y. Knicks) - Forward
LeBron James (Miami Heat) - Forward
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat) - Guard
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers) - Guard
Paul George (Indiana Pacers) - Forward

History:
March 2, 1951 - The first All-Star game takes place at the Boston Garden. The East wins 111-94. Ed Macauley is named the MVP.

1976 - The Slam Dunk Contest debuts during halftime of the All-Star game, laying the foundation for the modern-day All-Star Weekend. Julius Erving is named the winner.

1977 - The first All-Star game played after the merger of the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball Association. The East wins 125-124. Julius Erving is named MVP.

1992 - Months after announcing that he is HIV positive and despite not playing all season, Earvin "Magic" Johnson is voted into the All-Star game. He is also named MVP.

February 26, 2012 - Kobe Bryant surpasses Michael Jordan (262 points) to become the All-Star career scoring leader (271 points).

February 16, 2014 - The 63rd NBA All-Star game is played at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans. The Eastern Conference defeats the Western Conference 163-155. This is the highest scoring game in All-Star history.

Selection Process:
Fans around the world voted for the starters for each team.

The 30 head coaches vote for the remaining members of the All-Star teams in their respective conferences. Coaches must vote for seven players in order of preference but are not allowed to vote for players from their team. The selections must include two guards, two forwards and a center. Two other players are chosen regardless of position.

If any player cannot participate in the All-Star Game, NBA Commissioner David Stern will select a replacement after the coaches select reserves.

Head coaches for the East and West All-Star teams are based on the teams with the best winning percentage in each conference following the Sunday games played two weeks prior to the All-Star Game.

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