The Garden To Get The Game; Barclays Center To Get Skills Competitions

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Various reports published Tuesday said the 2015 NBA All-Star weekend will be split between two New York arenas, with Madison Square Garden to host the game.

The Barclays Center in Brooklyn will be the site of the Friday and Saturday events, including the Rising Stars Challenge, three-point shootout and slam dunk competition, Newsday reported.

The league has been working with the Knicks and Nets for months on the plan to split the events. The New York Post first reported that MSG would host the game on Sunday night.

The league last had split sites for its midseason showcase in 2010, when the Saturday events were in the Dallas Mavericks’ arena and the game was held at the Cowboys’ stadium.

The NBA chose New York because the two teams boast new or transformed arenas. The Garden is completing its third and final stage of a $1 billion transformation, and the Barclays Center just opened last fall, Newsday reported.

The last time the Knicks hosted the All-Star Game was in 1998. Michael Jordan scored 23 points and won his third All-Star MVP trophy at Madison Square Garden. The Nets hosted their only All-Star Game in 1982 at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, N.J.

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