1992 NBA All-Star Game

The 1992 NBA All-Star Game was the 42nd edition of the All-Star Game. It was hosted at the Orlando Arena in Orlando, Florida on February 9, 1992, where the West defeated the East, 153–113. The game is memorable for the return of Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson, who retired before the 1991–92 NBA season after contracting HIV. Johnson was given the MVP award. He also took the final shot of the game, a three-pointer, and the final 14½ seconds of the game were not played. The game was broadcast by NBC for the second consecutive year.

1992 NBA All-Star Game
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1234 Total
West 44353638 153
East 31242830 113
DateFebruary 9, 1992
ArenaOrlando Arena
CityOrlando, Florida
MVPMagic Johnson
National anthemMichael Bolton
Referees
Halftime showVanilla Ice
Attendance14,272
NetworkNBC
TNT (All-Star Saturday)
AnnouncersDick Enberg and Mike Fratello
Bob Neal, Doug Collins and Hubie Brown (All-Star Saturday)
NBA All-Star Game
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OverviewEdit

The All-Star Game features NBA players voted in by fans and coaches by conference and position. The teams are divided into the Western Conference and Eastern Conference. All 11 professional basketball players of the "Dream Team," the 1992 United States Olympic men's basketball team, were also on the 1992 All-Star Game roster.

Game descriptionEdit

Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson had announced his retirement at the beginning of the 1991–92 season due to testing positive for HIV. Nevertheless, he was voted in by the fans as a guard for the Western Conference team in the All-Star Game. He led all players with 25 points and was awarded the MVP. He also took the final shot of the game, a three-pointer, after which point the game ended with 14.5 seconds left, as players ran onto the court to congratulate Johnson and exchange high-fives. Of his performance, Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe wrote, "It was supposed to be a swan song, one of professional sport's most emotional and riveting moments: the farewell of Magic Johnson from the NBA and perhaps mainstream society after announcing that he had contracted HIV."

The game ended with the West defeating the East 153–113, setting a new record for largest margin of victory (40 points) in the NBA All-Star Game.

RostersEdit

Eastern Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team Appearance
Coach
HC Phil Jackson Chicago Bulls 1st
Starters
PG Isiah Thomas Detroit Pistons 11th
SG Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls 8th
SF Larry Bird Boston Celtics 12th (DNP)
PF Charles Barkley Philadelphia 76ers 6th
C Patrick Ewing New York Knicks 6th
Reserves
PG Michael Adams Washington Bullets 1st
C Brad Daugherty Cleveland Cavaliers 4th
SG/PG Joe Dumars Detroit Pistons 3rd
SG/SF Reggie Lewis Boston Celtics 1st
SF Scottie Pippen Chicago Bulls 2nd
PG Mark Price Cleveland Cavaliers 2nd
PF Dennis Rodman Detroit Pistons 2nd
SF Dominique Wilkins Atlanta Hawks 7th (DNP)
PF/C Kevin Willis Atlanta Hawks 1st
Western Conference All-Stars
Pos. Player Team Appearance
Coach
HC Don Nelson Golden State Warriors 1st
Starters
PG Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers 12th
SG Clyde Drexler Portland Trail Blazers 6th
SF Chris Mullin Golden State Warriors 4th
PF Karl Malone Utah Jazz 5th
C David Robinson San Antonio Spurs 3rd
Reserves
PG Tim Hardaway Golden State Warriors 2nd
SG Jeff Hornacek Phoenix Suns 1st
SF/SG Dan Majerle Phoenix Suns 1st
C Dikembe Mutombo Denver Nuggets 1st
C Hakeem Olajuwon Houston Rockets 7th
PG John Stockton Utah Jazz 4th
PF/C Otis Thorpe Houston Rockets 1st
SF James Worthy Los Angeles Lakers 7th
  • Both Larry Bird and Dominique Wilkins were selected but did not play due to injury. Kevin Willis replaced Wilkins. Michael Adams replaced Bird on the roster with Scottie Pippen starting in Bird's place.
  • The rosters included the 11 professional players who would be part of the Dream Team, which won gold medals at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

BoxscoreEdit

Western All-StarsEdit

Game dataEdit

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