|Date||February 19, 2006|
|National anthem||Jann Arden (CAN)|
Destiny's Child (USA)
|Referees||Dick Bavetta, Joe DeRosa, and Greg Willard|
|Halftime show||John Legend and Carrie Underwood|
|Announcers||Marv Albert, Doug Collins, and Steve Kerr|
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Magic Johnson (All-Star Saturday Night)
Jim Durham and Jack Ramsay
|NBA All-Star Game|
The 2006 NBA All-Star Game was played on Sunday, February 19, 2006 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Rockets. The game was the 55th annual All-Star game. The theme song was by Houston native Chamillionaire who made a new version of his hit "Turn It Up." Trailing by 21 points, the East rode the hot shooting of LeBron James and the teamwork of the four All-Stars from the Detroit Pistons to a 122–120 victory over the West. The 21-year-old James, who scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds, became the youngest player to win MVP. With the score tied, Dwyane Wade, who finished with 20 points, hit the game-winning layup with 16 seconds left. Tracy McGrady of the Houston Rockets led all players with a game-high 36 points. The Detroit Pistons tied a record with the 1962 Boston Celtics (Sam Jones, Bill Russell, Bob Cousy, Tom Heinsohn), 1975 Celtics (John Havlicek, JoJo White, Dave Cowens, Paul Silas), 1983 Philadelphia 76ers (Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Andrew Toney and Maurice Cheeks), 1998 Lakers (Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones and Nick Van Exel), 2011 Boston Celtics (Rajon Rondo, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen), 2015 Atlanta Hawks (Al Horford, Jeff Teague, Paul Millsap and Kyle Korver), and both the 2017 and 2018 Golden State Warriors (Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green) by sending four players to the All-Star game.
^INJ Jermaine O'Neal was unable to participate due to injury.
^REP Gilbert Arenas was named as O'Neal's replacement.^1 Vince Carter was named as starter, replacing O'Neal.
The Eastern Conference team was coached by Flip Saunders of the Detroit Pistons, along with Sidney Lowe, Ron Harper and Don Zierden as assistant coaches. Ted Arzonico of the Orlando Magic was the athletic trainer.
The Western Conference team was coached by Avery Johnson of the Dallas Mavericks. Del Harris, Rolando Blackman and Joe Prunty served as assistant coaches, while Keith Jones of the Houston Rockets was the athletic trainer.
T-Mobile Rookie Challenge
The T-Mobile Rookie challenge was played on Friday, February 17, 2006 with the Sophomores beating the Rookies 106–96. Andre Iguodala was named MVP with a game-high 30 points.
* Did not participate due to injury. Delonte West replaced Jameer Nelson (sprained right foot).
The Rooks were coached by Sidney Lowe of the Detroit Pistons, along with Elvin Hayes as the assistant coach.
The Sophomores were coached by Del Harris of the Dallas Mavericks, along with Moses Malone as the assistant coach.
Dirk Nowitzki won with a score of 18, beating Gilbert Arenas and Ray Allen in the final round.
* Did not participate due to a family illness. Gilbert Arenas replaced Raja Bell.
Sprite Rising Stars Slam Dunk Contest
Nate Robinson won, beating Andre Iguodala in a dunk-off after the first ever tie in a Slam Dunk Contest. Robinson's win was highly questioned as he had missed several dunks and many speculate that Robinson was only awarded the title because of his small stature.
PlayStation Skills Challenge
Dwyane Wade won, beating LeBron James in the final round. Dwyane Wade won with a time of 26.1 seconds.
RadioShack Shooting Stars Competition
The San Antonio team won the competition with a time of 25.1 seconds.
EAST 122, WEST 120, at Toyota Center (Houston)
MVP: LeBron James
At the 2006 All-Star Game, the Detroit Pistons' core of Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton showed why they were such an effective defensive combination.
That foursome, which teamed with LeBron James down the stretch, set the defensive tone as the East rallied from a 21-point hole to nab a 122-120 victory. James scored 29 points and became the youngest MVP in All-Star Game history, but the East got back in the game late in the third quarter.
That's when Detroit's four All-Stars entered the game and locked down on the West. Billups, who was playing in his first All-Star Game, had seven of the East's final nine points in the fourth quarter. Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace added timely buckets while Ben Wallace locked down the middle on defense -- something he did all season for the Pistons. Miami's Dwyane Wade followed up an Allen Iverson miss with 16.6 seconds left to provide the winning margin.
Billups wasn't the only first-time All-Star in this game; Toronto big man Chris Bosh had eight points off the East bench. For the West, Tony Parker made his debut, scoring eight points off the bench and Memphis' Pau Gasol, also a first-time All-Star, had 12 rebounds off the bench in 14 minutes.
At All-Star Weekend, Knicks guard Nate Robinson won the first of his three career Slam Dunk titles while the Mavs' Dirk Nowitzki became the first Dallas player to win the 3-Point Shootout. Wade claimed the first of his back-to-back Skills Challenge titles and at the Rookie Challenge, Sixers forward Andre Iguodala had 31 points as the Sophomores defeated the Rookies 105-96.
• Box score
All-Star Game rosters
Allen Iverson (Philadelphia 76ers)
Dwyane Wade (Miami Heat)
Shaquille O'Neal (Miami Heat)
Vince Carter (New Jersey Nets)
LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Ben Wallace (Detroit Pistons)
Rasheed Wallace (Detroit Pistons)
Chauncey Billups (Detroit Pistons)
Richard Hamilton (Detroit Pistons)
Chris Bosh (Toronto Raptors)
Paul Pierce (Boston Celtics)
Gilbert Arenas (Washington Wizards) **
Jermaine O'Neal (Indiana Pacers) *
Steve Nash (Phoenix Suns)
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
Tracy McGrady (Houston Rockets)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Ray Allen (Seattle Sonics)
Shawn Marion (Phoenix Suns)
Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs)
Elton Brand (L.A. Clippers)
Dirk Nowitzki (Dallas Mavericks)
Pau Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies)
East: Flip Saunders (Pistons)
West: Avery Johnson (Mavericks)
All-Star Weekend wrap-up
NBA Slam Dunk Contest winner: Nate Robinson, New York Knicks
NBA 3-Point Shootout winner: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks
NBA Skills Challenge: Dwyane Wade, Miami Heat
Rookie Challenge result: Sophomores 105, Rookies 96
Rookie Challenge MVP: Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers (30 points, six rebounds, four steals)
NOTE: * = missed game due to injury; ** = injury replacement