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Houston Will Host 2013 NBA All-Star Game

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game in Orlando is just weeks away, but the league has already made plans for next year -- the 2013 exhibition will be held in Houston, the league announced today.

"Houston is a spectacular sports city, and for one week it will be the basketball capital of the world," NBA Commissioner David Stern said in a statement. "NBA All-Star is a magnificent celebration of our game, and I want to thank the city and the Rockets for welcoming us once again."

This is the third time Houston has hosted All-Star weekend, with the first two coming in 1989 and 2006.

"I am thrilled the Rockets and the City of Houston have once again brought NBA All-Star to Toyota Center," Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said. "The All-Star Game showcases the best basketball players in the world and will allow our great Rockets fans and the entire community the opportunity to once again experience the best that our league has to offer."