SALT LAKE CITY -- After allowing a five-point lead to slip away with 32 seconds left in regulation, the West All-Stars regrouped behind the timely passing and shot-making of hometown Utah Jazz favorite John Stockton to beat the East in overtime, 135-130.
With the West clinging to a three-point lead, Stockton also made a critical steal from Isiah Thomas in the closing seconds. The East was forced to foul David Robinson, and the San Antonio center made the second of his two free throws with 13 seconds left.
Stockton got a big assist from Jazz teammate Karl Malone, who contributed 28 points on 11-for-17 shooting. They shared MVP honors to satisfy the partisan crowd at the Delta Center.
With the Jazz making up two-fifths of the starting lineup, it did not take long for the sellout crowd to get involved.
The two Utah stars made a quick impact. Stockton hit a three-pointer and fed Robinson for a layup, and Malone hit his patented baseline shot for an 8-4 lead.
Following a timeout, the East showed more patience on offense. Thomas sparked a 13-point streak with a pair of rainbow jump shots and rookie Shaquille O'Neal scored his first All-Star basket on a jump shot and followed with a thundering dunk for a 19-14 cushion.
The see-saw pattern continued after both coaches turned to their reserves. The Suns' Dan Majerle joined Malone in leading a West rally. They combined for eight straight points and a 25-22 lead.
After a layup by Malone, the Hawks' Dominique Wilkins swished the game's first three-pointer to cut the West's advantage to 27-26.
With so much talent on the floor, the combined 53 points was rather surprising. The NBA legends scored at a quicker pace.
Stockton provided most of the excitement, dishing out eight assists in the first quarter, three more than the entire East team. Teammate Malone led all scorers with 12 points. The East made only 40 percent of its field-goal attempts (10-for-25), but Jordan scored nine.
The pace slackened in the second quarter, but the East reclaimed the lead, 37-36, when Detroit's Joe Dumars swished a jumper and a three-pointer.
The restless crowd began to boo when the two teams raced up and down the floor six times without anyone locating the basket. Indiana's Detlef Schrempf, making his All-Star debut, ended the famine by converting a lob pass by Mark Price.
The East managed to maintain a slim lead thanks to a pair of hoops by Larry Nance, 34, the oldest All-Star. Robinson kept the East close by scoring six points.
The West began forcing turnovers, and Tim Hardaway and Robinson put the home team back in front, 50-47. Portland's Terry Porter brought cries of derision from the fans when he hit a three-pointer. Had he made one in his last series of shots in the Long Distance Shootout Saturday, he would have walked away a winner.
The first half ended on a high note with O'Neal and Danny Manning exchanging dunks, but the West enjoyed a 57-52 cushion.
Neither team distinguished itself in the first half. The West shot 42 percent from the field compared to the East's 41 percent. O'Neal and Robinson led the scorers with 13 points apiece.
Play got crisper in the third quarter. Jordan began putting on a show with his acrobatic moves. But the West got strong inside scoring from Malone, Majerle and Hakeem Olajuwon.
The West also showed more quickness in transition, with Majerle and the Spurs' Sean Elliott beating their defenders for layups and a 76-71 bulge.
Jordan got upstaged by Majerle, who stripped him at midcourt and fed Malone for a breakaway for an 80-77 lead. Price, the NBA's reigning three-point king, made three in the period to forge an 84-84 tie, but Robinson's layup put the West ahead af
ter three quarters, 86-84.
Malone crammed 11 points into the period, leading the West. Price's nine points led the East.
The front line of Barkley, Robinson and Manning passed the lead to 95-89. But the East used the foul line to remain close, and a fast-break jam by Wilkins pulled his team within a basket.
The West got some breathing room when Hardaway hit a three, for 101-95, but Price answered with two more three-pointers to produce a 103-103 tie.
After Barkley made a three-point play, West coach Paul Westphal put the Jazz duo of Malone and Stockton back in the game with 5 minutes remaining.
With the West leading 108-106, Jordan tossed up an air ball from the corner. Majerle swished a three-pointer for a 111-106 lead with 3:21 left but New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing, who had 15 points, hit a jumper with four seconds remaining to tie the score and force the overtime.