1981

U.S. All-stars 91, Capital All-stars 85

EWING vs. JORDAN, PART I A Pair of NBA Legends Meet On The Court For The First Time

For the second time in three years, the Capital Classic played to a jam-packed (19,035) Capital Centre crowd. The hometown Capital All-Stars were trying to push their winning streak to four consecutive years with the assistance of Georgetown University recruit Patrick Ewing. The United States team countered with their version of the “Triple Towers,” 7-foot stars Greg Dreilling and Stuart Gray, as well as 6-10 Michael Payne. Sharing time with Buzz Peterson and Aubrey Sherrod at the guard slots was a University of North Carolina recruit by the name of Michael Jordan. It was the play of that guard trio that spurred the national All-Stars to a six-point victory in the eighth annual game. Sherrod paced all scorers with 20 points, while backcourt mates Jordan and Peterson added 14 and 10, respectively. The Georgetown bound threesome of Ewing, power forward Bill Martin, and swingman Anthony Jones accounted for more than half of the Capital All-Stars final scoring tally. Ewing led the locals with 18 points and pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds.

A CONSISTENT WINNER The first national exposure Patrick Ewing received was in the 1981 Capital Classic. Among his basketball achievements since then: Led Georgetown to three NCAA title games, with the Hoyas winning the national title in 1984; Named Most Outstanding Player, 1984 Final Four Gold Medalist as member of 1992 and 1984 Olympic Basketball Teams; and a Twelve time NBA All-Star selection.

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Patrick Ewing #33 goes up and completes the monster slam …

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…as Mark Acres #22 and Michael Jordan #15 get out of his way.

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Michael Jordan goes up in traffic as Bill Martin #23 defends

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Adrian Branch #21 goes up for a jumper

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Patrick Ewing #33 (MVP Capital All-Stars) scores

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Patrick Ewing #33 battles Greg Dreiling #32 for a rebound

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Greg Dreiling #32 battles Patrick Ewing for the pass

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Patrick Ewing goes up for the block

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The San Diego Chicken declares the Champ, Sugar Ray Leonard!

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Game MVPs, Aubrey Sherrod (U.S.) and Patrick Ewing (Capital)

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Teams visit the Capitol (Patrick Ewing 4th from right)

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White House visit (Michael Jordan 4th to right of Vice President Bush)