When Giants Ruled the Court: Shaq, Duncan, and KG Dominate the 2000 NBA All-Star Game


In the annals of NBA history, certain moments stand out as iconic. The 2000 NBA All-Star Game was one such occasion, where three towering giants—Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett—formed an imposing frontcourt for the Western Conference All-Stars. Their combined dominance left fans in awe.

24 years ago today, on February 13, 2000, the basketball world converged in Oakland, California, former home of the Golden State Warriors. The 49th edition of the NBA All-Star Game promised a clash of titans, and it didn’t disappoint. The 1998–99 season had been marred by a lockout, canceling the previous year’s All-Star Game. But now, the stars were aligned, and the hardwood awaited their brilliance.

The West All-Stars took the court, and the trio of giants wreaked havoc. Shaq bulldozed through defenders, Duncan showcased his bank shot wizardry, and KG’s energy fueled fast breaks. The result? A jaw-dropping 70 points and 33 rebounds combined!

– Shaq: 26 points, 9 rebounds
– Duncan: 24 points, 14 rebounds
– KG: 20 points, 10 rebounds

The West prevailed, defeating the East with a final score of 137–126. Both Shaq and Duncan were named co-MVPs, but Shaq playfully quipped,


“You already have one of those rings, Tim,” referring to Duncan’s championship ring from the previous season. “So I’m taking the trophy.”


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