1990 NBA All-Star recap

Magic Johnson's game-high 22 points earns him All-Star MVP but Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley score 17 a piece to lead the East over the West.

EAST 130, WEST 113, Miami Arena


MVP: Magic Johnson, Los Angeles Lakers

Box score

The Lakers’ Magic Johnson scored a game-high 22 points for the West, but a 40-23 outburst by the East in the first quarter proved too much to overcome. Michael Jordan and Charles Barkley scored 17 points apiece, two of the five players in double-figures for the East.

The game marked the final All-Star playing appearance for Boston’s Larry Bird (he would be elected to two more, but not play). A starter for the East, Bird had eight points and eight rebounds in 23 minutes.

Four stars of the 1990s — David Robinson, Reggie Miller, Dennis Rodman and Scottie Pippen — all made their All-Star debuts in this game.

Robinson, the 1989-90 Rookie of the Year, finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the West’s bench. Miller had four points in 14 minutes as a reserve for the East while Rodman, also an East reserve, had four points and four rebounds. Pippen, who would win the All-Star Game MVP in 1994, was quiet in his debut. He had four points and one rebound in 12 minutes.

In a bit of minutiae, this game marked the only All-Star appearance of A.C. Green. He played 12 minutes, took three shots and was the only player, on either side, not to score.

Jordan’s teammate, Craig Hodges, won the first of three straight 3-Point Shootouts during All-Star weekend, while Atlanta’s Dominique Wilkins won his second slam dunk crown.

All-Star Game rosters

Eastern Conference

Charles Barkley (Philadelphia 76ers)

Larry Bird (Boston Celtics)

Joe Dumars (Detroit Pistons)

Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)

Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls)

Kevin McHale (Boston Celtics)

Reggie Miller (Indiana Pacers)

Robert Parish (Boston Celtics)

Scottie Pippen (Chicago Bulls)

Dennis Rodman (Chicago Bulls)

Isiah Thomas (Detroit Pistons)

Dominique Wilkins (Atlanta Hawks)

Coach: Chuck Daly (Detroit Pistons)

Western Conference

Rolando Blackman (Dallas Mavericks) **

Tom Chambers (Phoenix Suns)

Clyde Drexler (Portland Trail Blazers)

A.C. Green (Los Angeles Lakers)

Kevin Johnson (Phoenix Suns)

Magic Johnson (Phoenix Suns)

Fat Lever (Denver Nuggets)

Chris Mullin (Golden State Warriors)

Hakeem Olajuwon (Houston Rockets)

David Robinson (San Antonio Spurs)

John Stockton (Utah Jazz)

James Worthy (Los Angeles Lakers)

Karl Malone (Utah Jazz) *

Coach: Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers)

All-Star Weekend Wrap

Slam Dunk Contest: Dominique Wilkins (Hawks)

3-Point Shootout: Craig Hodges (Bulls)

NOTE: * = missed game due to injury; ** = injury replacement