This Day In Lakers History: Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan Share All-Star Games MVP Honors

The Los Angeles Lakers were hardly ripping onto a theatre entering a 2000s, as Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal began to benefit a chemistry on a justice that would after lead to 3 NBA championships. While a Lakers were a steer to see during any highway diversion via a unchanging season, there was no improved theatre outward of Staples Center than a All-Star Game.

Bryant and O’Neal would go adult opposite a other chosen players in a NBA and put on a rival uncover for a fans, swapping locations with any season. On Feb. 13, 2000, a ‘Big Diesel’ put on a fantastic opening in front of a fans during a Oakland Arena.

The 2000 NBA All-Star Game, that was coached by Phil Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy, incited out to be a primary instance of a send of generations that goes on between opposite ages of basketball.

The starting lineup for a West featured Bryant, O’Neal, Jason Kidd, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett. At a same time, it seemed like generational greats Karl Malone, David Robinson, Gary Payton and John Stockton would play sparingly off a bench.

On a other hand, a East group was led by starters Allen Iverson, Vince Carter, Alonzo Mourning, Eddie Jones, and Grant Hill.

The Western Conference All-Stars had a 64-59 lead during halftime, interjection in partial to fantastic play from their frontcourt. A three-man organisation of O’Neal, Duncan and Garnett presented utterly a plea for Mourning, Hill, and Jones.

The gait and shots done went adult as a vigour increasing during a second half. After outscoring a West by 3 points, a East was means to cringe their necessity down to dual going into a fourth quarter. Iverson, who would finish with 26 points and 9 assists, incited out to be a matter for their quip efforts.

O’Neal did his satisfactory share to illuminate a crowd, including a full-court leap that finished in a almost euro-step finger-roll. He was also means to chuck down his standard inhuman dunks, hammers that Mourning and Mutombo were on a receiving finish of. When a diversion was all over, Duncan, Garnett, and O’Neal total for 70 points and 33 rebounds.

In a diversion that featured many print dunks and shot blockers watchful during a rim, a fans examination around a universe certain did get their money’s worth. Kidd, who finished with 14 assists, threw a array of lobs to Bryant and O’Neal during their breakaway possessions.

The East put together many runs during a fourth quarter, though a West was means to reason off for a 137-126 victory. Former NBA commissioner David Stern presented a All-Star Game MVP to both O’Neal and Duncan, a span of large group who would finish their careers with a total 9 rings.

O’Neal put adult 22 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks. Duncan resolved a diversion with 24 points, 14 rebounds and 4 assists.


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