HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BILL
Between the first and second quarters, the NBA honored legendary Boston center Bill Russell with a birthday tribute.
Fellow NBA legends Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Karl Malone and Julius Erving were introduced at center court before Johnson informed the crowd that it was Russell's 80th birthday. As the crowd gave Russell a standing ovation, Johnson led fans in singing “Happy Birthday” to Russell.
Johnson ended the tribute by asked all the All-Stars to walk over and wish Russell happy birthday.
WELCOME TO THE CLUB
Six players made their All-Star debuts Sunday night.
They were Wall, DeMar DeRozan and Paul Millsap on the East and Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Anthony Davis on the West.
Anthony, a second-year forward for the host New Orleans Pelicans, received the loudest ovation of all players in pregame introductions.
FACES IN THE CROWD
Celebrities in the crowd included: former NBA players Yao Ming, Dominique Wilkins, Bill Russell, Horace Grant and A.C. Green; musicians Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, P. Diddy, Pharrell, Snoop, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, comedian Kevin Hart, director Spike Lee and Rev. Jesse Jackson.