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The 2003 NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta was truly a spectacle. The main reason being it was Michael Jordan’s final All-Star Game. In what was arguably the greatest ASG of all-time, the star-studded West and East went at it in an exciting thriller.
The whole night was about Jordan who had won three All-Star Game MVP’s throughout his legendary career. Mariah Carey performed for MJ at half-time and Vince Carter even gave up his starting spot for the GOAT.
Although he was no longer the player he was in his prime years, MJ still managed to get up 27 shots. The East squad which was led by Allen Iverson who had a nasty stat line with 35 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 5 rebounds was trying to feed MJ the ball down the stretch.
The game would go into OT and Jordan who was having a rough shooting night blew the roof off the building when he nailed his signature fadeaway over Shawn Marion with 4.8 seconds left on the clock. That shot put the East up by two but Jermaine O’Neal fouled Kobe Bryant on the other end who went 2-for-3 from the line and sent the game into a second OT where the West pulled away to win the game 155-145.
Kevin Garnett was named the MVP of the game with 37 point points, 9 rebounds and 5 steals and Jordan who finished with 20 points was honoured with a trophy of his own.