The inaugural Capital Classic in 1974 drew 14,293 fans as the U.S. All-Stars defeated the Capital All-Stars 101-82. A Capital All-Star victory proved to be too tall an order, as 6-11 center Moses Malone of Petersburg, VA, and 6-10 Kentucky recruit Rick Robey of New Orleans combined for 14 points and 26 rebounds to lead the U.S. forces. Malone and Robey’s intimidating brand of interior defense helped the US contingent build a 10-point half-time advantage, and a 16-point lead after three quarters. The Capital All-Star never did get on track and shot a paltry 31-of-98 (31.6 percent) from the field. Primary offensive weapons Donald “Duck” Williams (Mackin) and Kenny Carr (DeMatha) connected on just seven of 24 shots on the day.
“They just beat everybody in the head,” said Carr of Malone and Robey. “I didn’t see Moses too much, until after I shot and he sent them back.” Malone’s lone block on Carr sent the latter sprawling to the floor. New York City guard Butch Lee dominated the show at the offensive end. His drives to the basket and pull-up jumpers netted him 23 points in 23 minutes of play. Lee went on to lead Marquette to a national championship in 1977 and was a member of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 1980 NBA title team. Jim Wisman and Skip Wise contributed 15 and 13 points respectively, to assist the US cause.