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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Old Guard Keeps Youth at Bay As East Defeats West, 127-118

MINNEAPOLIS -- All weekend at the National Basketball Association's all-star festivities, the talk had been about transition, the '80s stars giving way to the '90s new blood.


But while the kids were all right, the establishment was not ready to hand over the keys to the kingdom.


Sunday night, as the East defeated the West, 127-118, before a sell-out crowd of 17,096 at Target Center and a worldwide television audience, the message sent by the veterans was that they still have the hand that rocks the cradle.


"It's not their time yet," crowed Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins. "We still have a crew that can do it."


Even more interesting was who dominated the contest.


Chicago forward Scottie Pippen is neither the Old Guard nor the New Breed. At the moment he's a tweener, as well as the most important part of the three-time champion Bulls now that Michael Jordan plays a different style of ball -- baseball.


But Pippen's star shone the brightest -- 29 points (9-of-15 shooting including 5-of-9 from three-point range) and 11 rebounds to collect the game's most valuable player award.


From the first quarter on, the contrasts in styles were evident.


The West wanted to run at every opportunity; the East looked to work the ball inside or shoot the three-pointer. But the West also seemed determined to keep Shaquille O'Neal rapped up. He was triple- and quadruple-teamed every time he touched the ball.


He went on to have a horrendous outing, scoring just eight points, although he did bring the sedate crowd to one of its few moments of life with a thunderous left-handed dunk in the game's waning moments.


The East took a 101-90 spread into the final 12 minutes. It was here the West made a 17-7 charge, drawing within 108-107 with under eight minutes to play. But the East regained control.


John Stark's three-pointer with 4:23 left put the East back out in front, 117-110, they were on their way toward ending the West's two-game winning streak.


"This feels good," Ewing said. "We hadn't won in a couple of years. Now we have the bragging rights."