The NBA All Star Game in San Diego (1971)


1971 NBA All Star Game
San Diego Sports Arena Site of the 1971 NBA All-Star Game
Type Of Activity
 NBA All- Star Game
Location
Location
 San Diego California
Date of Activity
 Jan 12 1971
Coordinates
 32°45′19″N 117°12′44″W 

12 January 1971 to San Diego Ca Perks for the Staff

Being assigned to the Western White House did have many perks for all of us that were on the staff.  The White House Press Corp did obtain some passes to sporting events in San Diego. I was able to take Don and Bob with me to a San Diego Chargers football game, but in Jan. the 1971 NBA All-star game was held at the San Diego Sports Arena. We found out that some of us had Press Passes and our seats were on the floor under one of the baskets! Any thoughts of basketball as being a non-contact sport soon was replaced after I saw the activity that took place under the basket, pushing, shoving , elbows and most of all when Billy Cunningham drove to the basket he met with Wilt Chamberlain’s finger in his left eye. It was a great game and with only 48 seconds left to play, Milwaukee's Lew Alcindor (later known as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) scored on a 5-foot jumper and converted a free throw to give the West a 108-107 victory over the East. MVP honors, however, went to Seattle Supersonics’ player-coach Lenny Wilkens, the leading scorer with 21 points!

 Entrance to San Diego Sports Arena
It was great to watch so many future Hall of Fame players’ play in this game!

1971 All-Star Game Box score
West 108, East 107
GAME 21: at San Diego, Jan. 12, 1971
MVP: Lenny Wilkens

EAST ALL-STARS (107)
Player, Team
Min.
FGM
FGA
FTM
FTA
Reb.
Ast.
Pts.
Billy Cunningham, Philadelphia
19
2
8
1
2
4
3
5
John Havlicek, Boston
24
6
12
0
2
3
2
12
Willis Reed, New York
27
5
16
4
6
13
1
14
Earl Monroe, Baltimore
18
3
9
0
0
5
2
6
Walt Frazier, New York
26
3
9
0
0
6
5
6
Johnny Green, Cincinnati
7
2
3
0
1
2
0
4
Dave DeBusschere, New York
19
4
7
0
0
7
3
8
Lou Hudson, Atlanta
17
6
13
2
3
3
1
14
Gus Johnson, Baltimore
23
5
12
2
2
4
2
12
John Johnson, Cleveland
2
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
Bob Kauffman, Buffalo
4
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
Wes Unseld, Baltimore
21
4
9
0
0
10
2
8
Tom Van Arsdale, Cincinnati
11
4
8
0
2
2
1
8
Jo Jo White, Boston
22
5
10
0
0
9
2
10
Totals
240
49
118
9
18
68
25
107

WEST ALL-STARS (108)
Player, Team
Min.
FGM
FGA
FTM
FTA
Reb.
Ast.
Pts.
Connie Hawkins, Phoenix
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Jerry Lucas, San Francisco
29
5
9
2
2
9
4
12
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Milwaukee
30
8
16
3
4
14
1
19
Dave Bing, Detroit
19
2
7
0
0
2
2
4
Jerry West, Los Angeles
20
2
4
1
3
1
9
5
Elvin Hayes, San Diego
19
4
13
2
3
4
2
10
Bob Love, Chicago
21
6
12
4
5
4
0
16
Wilt Chamberlain, Los Angeles
18
1
1
0
0
8
5
2
Jeff Mullins, San Francisco
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Geoff Petrie, Portland
5
0
3
0
0
0
1
0
Oscar Robertson, Milwaukee
24
2
6
1
3
2
2
5
Dick Van Arsdale, Phoenix
12
2
4
0
1
5
3
4
Chet Walker, Chicago
19
3
9
4
5
3
1
10
Lenny Wilkens, Seattle
20
8
11
5
5
1
1
21
Totals
240
43
95
22
31
53
31
108

Score by Periods:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
Totals
East
26
34
23
24
107
West
30
32
20
26
108

Coaches: East: Red Holzman, West: Larry Costello.
Referees: Mendy Rudolph and Ed Rush.
Attendance: 14,378.



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