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1993 NBA All-Star Game a special moment for Utah

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



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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."

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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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.

"It really got competitive and that’s the way it should be," Stockton said. "That’s when it really gets fun."

According to Klauke, even All-Star Saturday in Utah was a bit historic.

Cleveland’s Mark Price won the 3-point contest and Miami’s Harold Miner won the slam-dunk contest, earning the overstated nickname "Baby Jordan."

The Legends Game was also played, but for the last time. A continuous outbreak of injuries forced league officials to replace it with the Rookie Game, which eventually evolved into today’s Rising Stars Challenge.

Along with analyst Dave Blackwell, Klauke did a local radio broadcast of All-Star Saturday — the first time it had ever been attempted.

"The NBA broadcasting people were hanging around, listening in," Klauke said. "They had us send in the tapes and something must have clicked because, the following year in Phoenix, they did it on national radio for the first time."

luhm@sltrib.com


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