Charlotte, North Carolina
MVP: Charles Barkley, Philadelphia
It was billed as Michael's All-Star homecoming, but Charles ended up stealing the spotlight.
Forward Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers scored 17 points and pulled down 22 rebounds to lead the Eastern Conference to a 116-114 win over the Western Conference in the 41st annual NBA All-Star Game, played before 23,530 fans at the Charlotte Coliseum.
Barkley, appearing in his fifth NBA All-Star Game, was named the Most Valuable Player. His 22 rebounds were the most in an All-Star Game since Wilt Chamberlain grabbed 22 in the 1967 game in San Francisco. Supporting Barkley on the offensive end were center Patrick Ewing, with 18 points and 10 rebounds, and guard Michael Jordan, with a game-high 26 points.
The NBA dedicated its 1991 All-Star Weekend to the U.S. Military personnel serving in the Persian Gulf at the time, as well as their families back home. In addition, the league conducted an auction of All-Star jerseys, which raised more than $78,000 for "Operation Family Shield," an organization in North Carolina that provided financial assistance for the families of reservists called for active duty and also helped the families from the six military bases in the state with members serving in the Gulf. President George Bush delivered a pregame taped address, saluting the American troops and the NBA for honoring them during All-Star Weekend.