Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jordan and Rice Glitter as East Team Is Golden in Anniversary Special

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Jordan and Rice Glitter as East Team Is Golden in Anniversary Special

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The old heroes were in the house, to inspect the new talent competing in the 47th NBA All-Star Game.

So Michael Jordan and Glen Rice put on a dazzling show. What better way to commemorate the league's 50th anniversary? What better way to impress the legends?

Give everyone something to remember. On cue, Jordan demonstrated why he's the most dominant, unstoppable force in the modern NBA. On loan from the Chicago Bulls, Jordan recorded the first triple-double in the event's history: 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Rice, a big guard for the Charlotte Hornets, gave the old-timers a precise lesson in 3-point shooting. That long-distance strategy wasn't in the books in the NBA's early days, but Rice bombed in four treys in the third quarter, part of his record-setting evening. More on that in a moment. Someone has to win the playground affair that is the All-Star Game, and Jordan and Rice got busy at the right time to toggle the East to a 132-120 victory over the West at sold-out Gund Arena. With the East trailing by 23 points, Jordan went off in the second quarter. In nine brilliant, Jordanesque minutes, he had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists. With Jordan lighting a 27-7 streak, the East trailed by only three points (60-57) at halftime. Jordan locked in on defense - not a tradition in these glorified pickup games - to get the East rolling. "You call on Superman to bring you back," East coach Doug Collins said. "And Michael triggered that surge." Rice took it from there. Bombs away. Rice scored 20 points in the third quarter - the most in a single quarter in All-Star Game history. After cooking with Rice, the East led 97-87 heading into the fourth quarter. Rice scored 24 points in the second half, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's mark, and Wilt was spotted frowning in the stands. …

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