MVP: Nate Archibald, Boston
The smallest man on the court at 6-foot-1, Nate "Tiny" Archibald was the master playmaker for the East in its 123-120 triumph over the West at The Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio. The Boston Celtics' floor leader scored only 9 points, but he contributed 9 assists and, as Philadelphia's Bobby Jones put it, "You just knew wherever you went, you'd get the ball from Tiny if you were open." The 32-year-old Archibald was especially effective in the closing minutes of the game, when the West had drawn within 3 points.
The sellout crowd of 20,239 saw Philadelphia's Julius Erving score 18 points, 2 more than Celtics center Robert Parish, whose 10 rebounds led all players. Seattle's Paul Westphal and Phoenix's Dennis Johnson, who had been traded for one another in the offseason, tallied a game-high 19 points each in a losing cause.