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Michael Jordan was All-Star MVP in '98, helping Larry Bird to a win in his first try as All-Star coach.
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1998 All-Star Game recap

Posted Feb 27 2013 1:36PM

EAST 135, WEST 114, at Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
MVP: Michael Jordan

In his last All-Star Game before his second retirement, Chicago's Michael Jordan scored 23 points and dished out eight assists in earning the third, and final, All-Star MVP award of his Hall of Fame career. Jordan helped new Indiana coach Larry Bird to a win in his All-Star coaching debut.

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant became the youngest All-Star starter when he suited up for the West at age 19. He scored 18 points and pulled down six rebounds in the loss. His Lakers teammate, Eddie Jones, chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds. Another Laker, Shaquille O'Neal, finally made his All-Star debut for the West after missing the 1997 game with an injury.

Rookie Tim Duncan, a future All-Star Game MVP and two-time NBA MVP, made his debut as a reserve for the West and hauled in 11 rebounds.

A general lack of interest among the NBA's major stars forced the league to postpone the slam dunk contest. Labor isued shortened the 1998-99 season and forced the cancellation of the 1999 All-Star Game, so the slam dunk compeition would not reappear on All-Star Weekend until 2000.

Jeff Hornacek of the Jazz took home the first of his two consecutive 3-Point Shootout contest trophies. Cavs big man Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 18 points and seven rebounds as the East beat the West 85-80 in the Rookie Game. The 1998 Rookie Game marked the final one in which rookies would be pitted against each other; at the 2000 All-Star Weekend, the format switched to the current rookies vs. sophomores format.

Box score

All-Star Game rosters

Eastern Conference

Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)
Anfernee Hardaway (Orlando Magic)
Dikembe Mutombo (Atlanta Hawks)
Shawn Kemp (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Grant Hill (Detroit Pistons)
Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers)
Rik Smits (Indiana Pacers)
Tim Hardaway (Miami Heat)
Glen Rice (Charlotte Hornets)
Steve Smith (Atlanta Hawks)
Antoine Walker (Boston Celtics)
Jayson Williams (New Jersey Nets)

Western Conference

Gary Payton (Seattle Sonics)
Kobe Bryant (L.A. Lakers)
Shaquille O'Neal (L.A. Lakers)
Karl Malone (Utah Jazz)
Kevin Garnett (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Nick Van Exel (L.A. Lakers)
Eddie Jones (L.A. Lakers)
David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)
Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)
Jason Kidd (Phoenix Suns)
Vin Baker (Seattle Sonics)
Mitch Richmond (Sacramento Kings)

All-Star weekend wrap-up

Slam Dunk contest: none
Three-Point Shootout: Jeff Hornacek, Utah Jazz
Rookie Game: East 85, West 80
Rookie Game MVP: Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Cleveland Cavaliers (18 points, seven rebounds, 8-for-10 shooting)

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