San Antonio, Texas
MVP: Michael Jordan, Chicago
With Chicago and Orlando having dominated the Eastern Conference through the first half of the season, it was fitting that the Bulls' Michael Jordan and the Magic's Shaquille O'Neal should play leading roles in the 46th annual NBA All-Star Game at the Alamodome in San Antonio on Sunday.
Fueled by Jordan and O'Neal, the East, leading by three points at halftime, ran away from the West with a 27-13 spurt over the first 7 1/2 minutes of the third quarter. The West never recovered and the East went on to post a 129-118 victory before 36,037 fans, the third-largest crowd in All-Star Game history.
O'Neal finished with a game-high 25 points and 10 rebounds. Jordan had 20 points and four rebounds in just 22 minutes, the fewest of any East starter, and won his second All-Star Game MVP award (he also won in 1988 in Chicago) by a 4-3 vote over O'Neal, according to a seven-member national media panel.
After a close first half which ended with the East leading 61-58, O'Neal scored 11 points and Jordan 10 in the decisive burst that widened the gap to 17 at 88-71.