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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) is a National Basketball Association (NBA) contest which began at the 2009 NBA All-Star Game during the All–Star Weekend in Phoenixmarker, Arizonamarker. The inaugural contest was held on the Saturday night prior to the All-Star Game. Interestingly, the NBA had held H–O–R–S–E competitions during the 1977–78 season. 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. H–O–R–S–E featuring NBA players would not be re-instituted for 31 more years. The modern-day All-Star Competition is similar to that of regular H–O–R–S–E, where each participant takes shots from unconventional locations and in unconventional ways to diminish their opponents' chances of duplicating the shot. Certain rule adjustments were made, however, that differ from conventional H–O–R–S–E competition:
  • No dunking is allowed.
  • Players have 24 seconds each to create and mimic shots.
  • An NBA referee authenticates the new shots (that the player executed what he announced) and any mimic shot.
The game takes place on a × court, which is exactly one-half the size of a regulation length basketball court.


Kevin Durant won the inaugural competition's award during the 2009 All-Star Game Weekend.
Denotes players who are still active
Player (#) Denotes the number of times the player has won
Team (#) Denotes the number of times a player from this team has won
Season Player Team Finished with
2008–09 Oklahoma City Thunder

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


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