The 38th NBA All-Star Game was played on February 7, 1988 at Chicago Stadium in Chicago, Illinois. The East won the game 138-133 and Michael Jordan was named the game's MVP.
The Eastern Conference team featured Jordan and Dominique Wilkins, who had faced each other the preceding night in the slam dunk contest, along with Boston Celtics trio Larry Bird, Danny Ainge and Kevin McHale, plus Patrick Ewing of the New York Knicks, Maurice Cheeks and Charles Barkley of the Philadelphia 76ers, Moses Malone of the Washington Bullets, and Isiah Thomas of the Detroit Pistons.
The Western Conference team was led by the Utah Jazz's power forward Karl Malone and the Houston Rockets' center Akeem Olajuwon. Among the players joining them were the trio of Lakers Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, plus Alvin Robertson of the San Antonio Spurs and Mark Aguirre of the Dallas Mavericks. In this game, Abdul-Jabbar would become the all-time leading scorer in NBA All-Star Game history, a distinction he held for 15 years.
The Eastern Conference was coached by Mike Fratello of the Atlanta Hawks, and the Western Conference by Pat Riley of the Lakers.
The game was telecast by CBS Sports, with Dick Stockton and Billy Cunningham commentating, and Pat O'Brien and Lesley Visser reporting from the sidelines. On radio, ABC Radio broadcast their fourth consecutive All-Star game, with Lakers announcer Chick Hearn working alongside Celtics announcer Johnny Most, and the two trading roles on play-by-play and color analysis. ABC's regular NBA announcer Fred Manfra served as a sideline reporter.
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