His return to the court, if only for one game, was the talk of the basketball world. And, by the time the final buzzer had sounded, Magic Johnson ended up disappointing no one with his performance in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game at Orlando Arena.
Playing in his first game of the 1991-92 season since announcing his retirement from the NBA on November 7, Johnson, looking like the vintage player who had made such an impact on professional basketball in the 1980s, recorded game highs of 25 points and 9 assists to win his second All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award. His performance led the West to a convincing 153-113 win over the East in front of 14,272 fans and a worldwide TV audience.
While Johnson was the leader of the West team, he got tremendous support from some of his teammates. Guard Clyde Drexler put up MVP-type numbers, with 22 points and 9 rebounds; center David Robinson scored 19 points and grabbed 5 rebounds; and guard Tim Hardaway, who allowed Johnson to replace him in the starting lineup, contributed 14 points and 7 assists.