MVP: Mitch Richmond, Sacramento
Mitch Richmond, a third-time All-Star from the Sacramento Kings, was a king among All-Stars in Phoenix, scoring a game-high 23 points in 22 minutes and earning the NBA All-Star MVP Award in leading the West to an easy 139-112 victory over the East.
Richmond made 10 of 13 shots, including all three of his three-point attempts, giving the West an outside presence to match an overpowering inside advantage. The West enjoyed a 59-41 rebounding edge and outscored the East in the paint by a 68-42 margin. West Coach Paul Westphal employed twin-tower lineups that included David Robinson of San Antonio at forward, first with Denver's Dikembe Mutombo at center and then alongside Houston's Hakeem Olajuwon, who grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Shaquille O'Neal of Orlando bounced back from a sub-par effort in the 1994 NBA All-Star Game to lead the East with 22 points. Magic teammate Anfernee Hardaway added 12 points and 11 assists in his first All-Star Game.