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NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E Competition

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NBA All-Star Weekend H–O–R–S–E Competition

The NBA All-Star H–O–R–S–E Competition (also called the NBA All–Star G–E–I–C–O Competition because of its sponsor, Geico Insurance) was a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest which began at the 2009 NBA All–Star Weekend in Phoenix, Arizona, and only lasted for two years.[1][2] It was canceled from the All-Star festivities prior to the 2011 weekend.[2] The contest had been held on the Saturday night prior to the All-Star Game.[3] The NBA had held H–O–R–S–E competitions during the 1977–78 season.[2] Throughout that season, CBS broadcast NBA games during the regular season and the playoffs. During halftime of those games, they showed a pre-taped H–O–R–S–E tournament pitting players from the NBA against each other. It featured, among others, Pete Maravich, Bob McAdoo, Kevin Grevey, and George Gervin.


The modern-day All-Star Competition was similar to that of regular H–O–R–S–E, where each participant took shots from unconventional locations and in unconventional ways to diminish their opponents' chances of duplicating the shot. Certain rule adjustments were made, however, that differed from conventional H–O–R–S–E competition:[1]

  • No dunking was allowed.
  • Players had 24 seconds each to create and mimic shots.
  • An NBA referee authenticated the new shots (that the player executed what he announced) and any mimic shot.

The game took place on a 45 feet 0 inches (13.72 m) × 50 feet 0 inches (15.24 m) court, which is exactly one-half the size of a regulation length basketball court.[1]


Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player won
Team (#) Denotes the number of times a player from this team won
Season Player Team Finished with
2008–09 United States Durant, KevinKevin Durant Oklahoma City Thunder H–O–R–S
2009–10 United States Durant, KevinKevin Durant (2) Oklahoma City Thunder (2) H–O–R

All-time participants

(in bold text)
Indicates the winner of the contest
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has been in the contest
Season Players
2008–09 Kevin Durant, Joe Johnson, O. J. Mayo
2009–10 Omri Casspi, Kevin Durant (2), Rajon Rondo


External links

  • Photo of the court and rig used for 2009 H-O-R-S-E Competition

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