MVP: David Thompson, Denver
Veterans of the old American Basketball Association had a field day as the West held off the East, 134-129, in Detroit's Silverdome before a crowd of 31,745. Denver's David Thompson was voted the game's MVP for his 25-point effort, but he had to battle former ABA stars Julius Erving and George Gervin for the award.
Philadelphia's Erving had 29 points and San Antonio's Gervin tallied 26 for the East. The West ran away to an 80-58 lead in the first half, but Erving and Gervin led an East charge in a 40-point third quarter. Another ABA veteran, George McGinnis of Denver, added 16 points for the winners.