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CINCINNATI 1966. WEST 94 - EAST 137


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Local player Adrian 'Odie' Smith, a late selection by the coaches along Chet Walker, surprised everybody with a great performance that helped his team to win clearly 137-94. Probably he has been the most unknown MVP in the history of the NBA All Star Games. The game's MVP was to be awarded a brand new Ford Galaxie 500 convertible, and since the game have no competition, encouraged by his teammates and the fans, an inspired Smith was force-fed the ball for the entire second half. His mate in Cincinnati Royals, Oscar Robertson, made 17 points 10 rebounds and 8 assists.
The difference in the score (43 points) is the biggest in the NBA All Star history.

Adrian Smith and his Ford Galaxie in 2011Adrian Smith was the third consecutive Cincinnati Royal player to win the MVP, after Oscar Robertson in 1964 and Jerry Lucas en 1965. Robertson also won the award in 1961 and 1969, dominating Cincinnati the 60's MVP with a great 5 out of 10 total. Smith also became the only player in the NBA All-Star Game history who was able to win the MVP trophy in his only participation, not bad for a guy drafted out of Cincinnati in the 15th round whose first All-Star shot was an airball. Up to this day, Adrian Smith still has the car, and sporadically drives it if it's not raining. Ha has refused all the offers received for the car, it has an inestimable emotional value.

Red Auerbach (Eastern team coach) decided to include Wilt Chamberlain on the starting five instead of Bill Russell. Both players were unanimous choices by the sportwriters. The day before the game Auerbach joked about flipping a coin before the game to determine which of the superstars would be in the starting line-up... who knows? Maybe he did it.

MVP: Adrian 'Odie' Smith (East)

BOXSCORE

EAST TEAM MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AST PF PTS
Jerry Lucas CIN 23 4 11 2 2 19 0 2 10
John Havlicek BOS 25 6 16 6 6 6 1 2 18
Wilt Chamberlain      PHI 25 8 11 5 9 9 3 2 21
Oscar Robertson CIN 25 6 12 5 6 10 8 0 17
Sam Jones BOS 22 5 11 2 2 2 5 0 12
Chet Walker PHI 25 3 10 2 3 6 4 2 8
Willis Reed NY 23 7 11 2 2 8 1 3 16
Bill Russell BOS 23 1 6 0 0 10 2 2 2
Hal Greer PHI 23 4 13 1 1 5 1 4 9
Adrian Smith CIN 26 9 18 6 6 8 3 5 24
TOTALS
240 53 119 31 37 83 28 22 137

WEST TEAM MIN FGM FGA FTM FTA REB AST PF PTS
Rick Barry SFW 17 4 10 2 4 2 2 6 10
Bailey Howell BAL 26 3 11 1 2 2 2 4 7
Nate Thurmond SFW 33 3 16 1 3 16 1 1 7
Guy Rodgers SFW 34 4 11 0 0 7 11 4 8
Jerry West LAL 11 1 5 2 2 1 0 2 4
Dave DeBusschere   DET 22 1 14 2 2 6 1 1 4
Eddie Miles DET 28 8 16 1 5 1 0 1 17
Zelmo Beatty STL 24 0 11 10 13 18 1 2 10
Rudy LaRusso LAL 22 4 10 3 7 3 2 2 11
Don Ohl BAL 23 7 16 2 3 4 2 2 16
TOTALS
240 35 120 24 41 60 22 25 94

1965 <<< Tue, 11 January 1966 - COACHES: Red Auerbach (East) and Fred Schaus (West) - ATTENDANCE 13.653 spectators. >>> 1967

Scores 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
East 33 30 38 36 137
West 18 18 32 26 94