WEST 108, EAST 94, at the Rochester War Memorial Coliseum
MVP: Bob Pettit, St. Louis Hawks
The score of the box
Much like in the 1955 All-Star Game, a reserve delivered a powerful punch in the 1956 mid-season showdown held at the Rochester War Memorial Coliseum.
In what was his second of 11 straight All-Star Game appearances, Hawks forward Bob Pettit came off the bench to lead the West at 108-94. Pettit managed a near triple-double, finishing with 20 points, seven assists and an incredible 24 rebounds to clinch the first of his four career All-Star Game MVP awards.
The West’s victory was also marked by reserves Vern Mikkelsen of the Lakers (16 points, nine rebounds) and Maurice Stokes of the Royals (10 points, 16 rebounds).
East, passed 79-53 in the game, was punctuated by Warriors Neil Johnston (17 points, 10 rebounds) and Paul Arizin (13 points, seven rebounds).
All-Star Game Lists
Dick McGuire (New York Knicks)
Paul Arizin (Warriors of Philadelphia)
Neil Johnston (Philadelphia Warriors)
Bob Cousy (Boston Celtics)
Dolph Schayes (Syracuse Nationals)
Red Kerr (Syracuse Nationals)
Harry Gallatin (New York Knicks)
Bill Sharman (Boston Celtics)
Ed Macauley (Boston Celtics)
Jack George (Warriors of Philadelphia)
Carl Braun (New York Knicks) *
Coach: George Senesky (Warriors)
Slater Martin (Minneapolis Lakers)
Mel Hutchins (Ft. Worth Pistons)
Bobby Wanzer (Rochester Royals)
Larry Foust (Ft. Wayne Pistons)
George Yardley (Ft. Wayne Pistons)
Bob Pettit (St. Louis Hawks)
Bob Harrison (St. Louis Hawks)
Vern Mikkelsen (Minneapolis Lakers)
Maurice Stokes (Rochester Royals)
Clyde Lovellette (Minneapolis Lakers)
Coach: Charles Eckman (Pistons)
REMARK: * = game missed due to injury; ** = injury replacement