MVP: Randy Smith, Buffalo
Buffalo's Randy Smith tossed in two first-half bombs and dominated the fourth quarter to pace the East to a 133-125 victory over the West at Atlanta. The quickest guard in the NBA went 11-for-14 from the field, connecting on 30- and 40-foot jumpers at the buzzers ending the first and second quarters. In the final period Smith hit for 8 consecutive points. His 27-point performance earned him MVP honors in a game that had the West leading 66-57 at halftime.
Smith recorded a more dubious achievement by committing 5 personal fouls in one half, an All-Star Game record. Julius Erving etched his name into two record-book categories with 11 free throws attempted and 9 free throws made in one quarter.
For 37-year-old John Havlicek, a last-minute replacement for the injured Pete Maravich, this marked his 13th straight, and final, All-Star Game appearance. Denver's David Thompson and Phoenix's Paul Westphal topped the losers with 22 and 20 points, respectively.