The NBA All-Star Game is returning to Los Angeles in 2018.
Staples Center will host the annual midseason basketball extravaganza two seasons from now, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed Tuesday night.
Los Angeles also hosted the All-Stars in 2004 and 2011 at Staples Center. The Los Angeles area will host for the sixth time overall in three arenas.
Silver and Staples Center officials made the announcement before the Los Angeles Lakers hosted Memphis. The Lakers and Clippers essentially served as joint hosts of the 2011 game, in which Blake Griffin won the dunk contest and Kobe Bryant earned his record fourth All-Star MVP award.
The Forum in Inglewood hosted the 1972 and 1983 All-Star games. The soon-to-be-demolished Los Angeles Sports Arena hosted the 1963 game.
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