Top 10 Highest and Lowest Scoring NBA All-Star Games (and Most and Fewest Points by a Conference)

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson Face-Off in the 1987 NBA All-Star Game

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson Face-Off in the 1987 NBA All-Star Game

My prediction is the 2013 NBA All-Star Game will be a high-scoring affair.

That’s not a hard prediction to make. Duh. They’re all high-scoring affairs (or at least have been for a while).

But this one’s going to be more high-scoring than usual, if  the last few years are any indication.

In 2012, East and West combined to score 301 points – second most total in history and one of only three times both conferences united to break the 300-point ceiling.

The 1987 NBA All-Star Game, featuring Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Julius Erving, Dominique Wilkins, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Isiah Ihomas and more, totaled two points more.

The 2003 All-Star Game is the other 300-pointer. That one went into double-overtime, the only one to do so.

Of the top 10 highest scoring NBA All-Star Games, five occurred in the 2000’s, including 2010, 2011 and 2012. Four are from the 1980’s and one is from the 1960’s (way to represent old school).

That 1961 game featured Oscar Robertson, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Bob Cousy, Bill Russell and other basketball all-time greats.

The West dominates, by the way, in the highest scoring games.

UPDATED LIST: Through the 2015 All-Star Game, again the highest scoring All-Star Game ever, comined (as was 2014). The West tied the record for most points scored by a team (with last year’s East-winning squad).

HIGHEST SCORING NBA ALL-STAR GAMES

YEAR TOT. PTS WINNER PTS LOSER PTS OT
1. 2015 321 West 163 East 158
2. 2014 318 East 163 West 155
3. 1987 303 West 154 East 149 OT
4. 2012 301 West 152 East 149  
5. 2003 300 West 155 East 145 2OT
6. 1984 299 East 154 West 145 OT
7. 2011 291 West 148 East 143  
8. 2007 285 West 153 East 132  
9. 1961 284 West 153 East 131  
10. 2013 281 West 143 East 138

What about lowest scoring NBA All-Star Games?

Well, it makes sense these would come from the early days of the league, when the game, and skill-level, was different.

A full seven of the top 10 lowest scoring All-Star games are from the 1950’s, the first full decade of the NBA. This was mostly before Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain.

The 1970’s are the other representative decade.

It’s mostly East winners in the lowest scoring games.

We’ll never see numbers like this ever again.

LOWEST SCORING NBA ALL-STAR GAMES

  YEAR TOT. PTS WINNER PTS LOSER PTS OT
1. 1953 154 West 79 East 75  
2. 1973 188 East 104 West 84  
3. 1955 191 East 100 West 91  
4. 1954 191 East 98 West 93  OT
5. 1952 199 East 108 West 91  
6. 1956 202 West 108 East 94  
7. 1951 205 East 111 West 94  
8. 1957 206 East 109 West 97  
9. 1975 210 East 108 West 102  
10. 1971 215 West 108 East 107  

And before signing off, let’s take a look at the best and worst offensive outputs by an individual conference.

The 2003 Western Conference scored the most points in All-Star Game history, 155.

MOST POINTS, CONFERENCE IN NBA ALL-STAR GAME

  YEAR CONFERENCE PTS W/L
1. 2015 West 163 W
1. 2014 East 163 W
3. 2015 East 158 L
4. 2014 West 155 L
4. 2003 West 155 W
6. 1987 West 154 W
6. 1984 East 154 W
8. 2007 West 153 W
8. 1961 West 153 W
8. 1992 West 153 W

FEWEST POINTS, CONFERENCE IN NBA ALL-STAR GAME

YEAR CONFERENCE PTS W/L
1. 1953 East 75 L
2. 1953 West 79 W
3. 1973 West 84 L
4. 1952 West 91 L
4. 1955 West 91 L
6. 1954 West 93 L
7. 1966 West 94 L
7. 1951 West 94 L
7. 1956 East 94 L
10. 1957 West 97 L

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