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, two 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.