Scottie Pippen's Greatest Moments: Pippen garners MVP honors at 1994 All-Star Game
As Chicago prepared to retire Scottie Pippen’s number 33, Bulls.com took a look at the legendary player’s greatest moments.
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February 13, 1994 | Target Center
Minneapolis, MN | Box Score
Call it symbolic or call it coincidence, but Scottie Pippen, playing without Michael Jordan for the first season in his career, affirmed his place among the league's elite when his 29 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals led the East to a 127-118 victory at the 44th annual NBA All-Star Game in Minneapolis.
“It was one of those games where I came out and I got myself a good warm-up where I wasn’t missing any shots,” Pippen said. “I just said to myself, ‘Hey, I’m going to go in and try to put this thing on ice and try to bring it back out.’”
Pippen dazzled a capacity crowd of 17,096 at the Target Center, earning unanimous selection by an 11-member media panel as the game's Most Valuable Player. Pippen's 9-for-15 shooting night included 5-of-9 accuracy from three-point range.
“I was feeling pretty hot that day… I was in such a great rhythm,” Pippen recalled.
“I didn’t even realize I had 11 rebounds in the game," he continued. "I was shooting the ball well from the three-point line in the warm-ups and I kept with it. I felt I had a good rhythm going into the game and had a feeling it was going to be my day.”
He finished one three-pointer shy of the All-Star record of six threes in a game, set by Mark Price in 1993. In fact, the East's 10-for-24 performance from long range set records for both makes and attempts in an All-Star Game.
And who can forget Pippen’s red shoes that day?
“That was just something that was thrown out there during my summer meetings with Nike,” laughed Pippen. “I said, ‘Sure, I’ll do it.’”
Price and Patrick Ewing added 20 points each for the East squad, while B. J. Armstrong and Dominique Wilkins tallied 11 points apiece.
Chicago's Horace Grant added four points with eight boards. It marked the first time ever that three Bulls participated in the game.
Hakeem Olajuwon and David Robinson starred for the West with 19 points each. Shawn Kemp had a game-high 12 rebounds, and John Stockton led all players with 10 assists.
Adam Fluck and NBA.com contributed to this report.