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The NBA All-Star Game is an exhibition game hosted annually by the National Basketball Association where the league’s allstar players from the Eastern Conference please against their counterparts from the Western Conference. It is the featured event of the NBA All-Star Weekend and was first played at the Boston Garden in 1951. The starting lineup for each squad is selected by fan ballot, while the reserves are chosen by a vote among the head coaches from each teams’ respective conference. The head coach of the team with the best record in each Conference is chosen to coach either side during the All-Star Game.

The player introductions are usually accompanied by a significant amount of fanfare, including lighting effects, dance music, and pyrotechnics. Special uniforms are designed for the game each year, usually red for the Western Conference and blue for the Eastern Conference. A major recording artist typically sings "O Canada" and "The Star-Spangled Banner" prior to tipoff.  Gameplay usually involves players attempting spectacular slam dunks and alley oops. Defensive effort is usually limited and the final score of the game is generally much higher than an average NBA game. The coaches also try to give most of the reserve players some time on the court instead of using a limited rotation as they would in a normal game. The fourth quarter of the game is often played in a more competitive fashion, if the game is close.