Feb 19, 2024 - Sports

NBA breaks 200-point barrier in record-smashing All-Star game

Lebron James jumps for the ball during the NBA All-Star Game.

LeBron James reaches for a rebound Sunday night. Photo: Brian Sevald/NBA via Getty Images

Sunday night's NBA All-Star game in Indianapolis shattered the record for most points scored in the game's 73-year history.

Why it matters: It was the first time in NBA history that a scoreboard hit 200, AP reports.

By the numbers: The Eastern Conference beat the Western Conference 211-186 on Sunday night.

  • The total of 397 points smashed the record of 374 set in 2017.

Between the lines: The NBA had wanted "a more competitive product on the court," and NBA commissioner Adam Silver's annoyance at the points-fest was clearly on display, per ESPN.

The big picture: On Saturday, the Washington Post posted the prescient headline, "Has the NBA's scoring boom gotten out of hand?"

Zoom out: The Indiana capital last hosted the NBA All-Star game in 1985, Axios Indianapolis reports.

Magic Johnson (#32) of the Western Conference All-Stars looks to pass against Isiah Thomas (#11) of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1985 NBA All-Star game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis.
Magic Johnson (#32) of the Western Conference All-Stars looks to pass against Isiah Thomas (#11) of the Eastern Conference All-Stars during the 1985 NBA All-Star game at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis. Photo: Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images
  • The game featured featured stars such as Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Julius Erving and a rookie named Michael Jordan.

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