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This Day In Sports History (February 11th) — Michael Jordan
It was on this day in 1996 that the 46th NBA All-Star Game was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The Eastern All-Stars won the game 129-118 over the West in front of 36,037 fans, the third largest crowd in All-Star Game history.
Michael Jordan would edge out Shaquille O’Neal to take home the game’s Most Valuable Player Award. Jordan had 20 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal in just 22 minutes of action. It was MJ’s second career All-Star Game MVP, and he would go on to win his third two years later at Madison Square Garden. Bob Pettit is the only man with more All-Star Game MVP honors, with four, while Oscar Robertson, Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant join Jordan with three apiece.
Here is a clip of some behind the scenes footage from the game.
Tony Battie: NBA – Born February 11th 1976 (age 38) in Dallas, Texas
Rafael van der Vaart: Soccer – Born February 11th 1983 (age 31) in Heemskerk, Netherlands
Mike Richards: NHL – Born February 11th 1985 (age 29) in Kenora, Ontario