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1993 NBA All-Star Game a special moment for Utah
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 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Tthe 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Ticket to the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Eastern Conference All-Stars Larry Johnson and Patrick Ewing take a breather on the bench during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton defends for the West against Larry Johnson of the East, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Scottie Pippen knocks the ball away from David Robinson at the 1993 NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City.
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the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Tim Hardaway and Karl Malone, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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John Stockton loses the ball against the defense of Patrick Ewing in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game  in Salt Lake City.
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 Karl Malone smiles in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone jokes with Charles Barkley, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan steals the ball from Clyde Drexler in the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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John Stockton, drives with the ball as Mark Price defends, during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan, drives with the ball during the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone jokes with Charles Barkley, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Shaquille O'Neal and John Stockton, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone, Charles Barkley and Dan Majerle play for the West team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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 Karl Malone takes a shot for the West team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Shaquille O'Neal plays for the East team, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Charles Barkley goes up for a shot, as Scottie Pippin defends, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Jazz forward Karl Malone gets off a shot against the defense of Larry Nance during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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Jazz guard John Stockton dribbles upcourt during the 1993 NBA All-Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City.
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Karl Malone looks for a shot, in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
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Michael Jordan in the 1993 All Star Game at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 21, 1993.
Utah Jazz teammates and co-Most Valuable Player winners John Stockton, left, and Karl Malone hold up the All-Star MVP trophy after playing for the West team, which won the 43rd NBA All-Star game, 135-130, in Salt Lake City, Sunday, Feb. 21, 1993.  Malone holds his daughter, Kaydee.  (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Michael Jordan is escorted onto the court by two Jazz dancers,  during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The 1993 All Star Slam Dunk Contest, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Marie Osmond sings the national anthem before the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Hot Rod Hundley, Frank Layden, and Larry Miller, during the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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The Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Hot Rod Hundley gets hooked up with a microphone, during the Legends game during the 1993 All Star festivities, in the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, Saturday, February 20, 1993.
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Less than 10 years after Utah’s All-Star Game, the state staged an even bigger event: the 2002 Winter Olympics.

“It gave the city great credibility,” former Jazz coach, general manager and president Frank Layden once told The Tribune. “It announced that we were truly a major-league city. It had a lot to do with the Olympics coming here. … Major-league sports had arrived.”

The All-Star Game was played on Feb. 21, 1993. It featured seven members of the Dream Team: Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Patrick Ewing, David Robinson, Charles Barkley, Stockton and Malone.

Detroit’s Isiah Thomas played in the last of his 12 All-Star Games, finishing with eight points and four assists in 32 minutes.

Orlando rookie Shaquille O’Neal played his first All-Star Game. He was selected to play 14 more times during his 18-year career.

O’Neal was also the victim of a leaping at-the-rim block by Malone, which became a highlight of a game that was surprisingly competitive and intense.

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“… It was a very good basketball game,” said local broadcaster Steve Klauke, “as opposed to what it’s become in this day and age.”

It didn’t take long for the All-Stars to set the tone.

Jordan forced a turnover on the West’s first possession and, moments later, O’Neal took a hard foul to prevent a dunk by Robinson. Each team committed a 24-second violation in the opening three minutes, when it couldn’t find an open shot.

At the time, Ewing called it “the best defensive All-Star Game I’ve ever played in. Both teams were focused and really getting after each other.”

East coach Pat Riley said, “I think instinct took over. These guys started getting after one another. This was a pretty good game.”

Utah fans were delighted when Stockton nailed an early 3-pointer and Malone scored twice in the first five minutes — once on a post-up jumper and once on a dunk after a Stockton-led fast break.

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Hosting All-Star Game in 1993 “announced that we were truly a major-league city.”

At a glance

1993 NBA All-Star Game highlights

» The Jazz’s Karl Malone totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds while John Stockton had nine points and 15 assists as they earned co-MVP honors.

» Seven members of the Dream Team participated in what Patrick Ewing called “the best defensive All-Star Game I’ve ever played in.” The West won 135-132 in overtime.

» It was the last of Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas’ 12 All-Star Game appearances and the first of 15 for Shaquille O’Neal.

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