Jim Paxson - Paxson made two all star teams in his career and actually finished his career in Boston where he played his final 2 1/2 seasons. The 6'6" swingman averaged 14.3 points per game in his career and had 16 points and 5 rebounds in this one.
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Clyde Drexler - This would be the first of ten All-Star seasons for "Clyde The Glide". An original Dream Teamer, Drexler was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2004 after scoring 22195 points in 16 NBA seasons. Drexler had 19 points, 6 assists and 5 steals in the game.
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Mychal Thompson - Drafted #1 overall by the Blazers in 1978, Thompson was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 1978, but was never an All-Star. Thompson joined the Lakers in 1987 at the Trade Deadline to back up Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and play kryptonite to Kevin McHale. As a Laker, Thompson won two NBA Championships. Thompson had 13 points and 6 rebounds in the game.
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Sam Bowie - Bowie is most famous as being the player the Trail Blazers selected 2nd in the 1984 NBA Draft when they could've had Michael Jordan who went third. The 7'1" Center had his number 31 retired by the University of Kentucky, but he averaged just 10.9 points and 7.5 rebounds in his career. That other guy Jordan won six NBA Championships. Whoops. Bowie had 18 points, a game-high 13 rebounds, 5 assists and blocked three shots.
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Darnell Valentine - Portland's starting Point Guard would get traded to the Clippers later during the '85-'86 season. His best all-around season was the previous one where he averaged 11.6 points and 7 assists while shooting a career best 47.3% from the field. Valentine scored just 2 points in the game, but had 7 assists.
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Steve Colter - Colter was the starting Point Guard for Portland by the end of the '85-'86 season, but was in a Bulls uniform before the next season started. This would be Colter's best season as he averaged 8.7 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals. Colter had a monster game off the bench scoring 22 points (12 of them at the free throw line) and dishing out 5 assists while turning the ball over just once in 27 minutes.
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Jerome Kersey - A second round pick in 1984 (46th overall), Kersey was an overachiever sticking around for 17 seasons, and finally winning a ring in 1999 with San Antonio. Primarily a reserve during the '85-'86 campaign, Kersey averaged 8.5 points and 3.7 rebounds. His best season came two years later when he averaged 19.2 points and 8.3 rebounds. Like Colton, Kersey had a monster game off the bench hitting 11 of 15 field goals and finishing with 22 points. He added four rebounds and five steals in just 22 minutes.
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Caldwell Jones - One of the legendary Jones brothers, all four of whom starred at Albany State and in the NBA, Caldwell Jones was an ABA All-Star in 1975 and was a 2-time NBA All-Defensive First Team member. Standing 6'11", Jones tallied over 10000 points and 10000 rebounds between the ABA and the NBA. Jones came up with 7 points and grabbed 3 rebounds off the bench.
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Kenny Carr - A member of the 1976 Gold Medal winning U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball Team, Carr was drafted sixth overall in 1977. The 6'7" Power Forward averaged 11.6 points and 7.4 rebounds a game in his career, but had just 2 points and 2 rebounds in 9 minutes in this game.
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Terry Porter - Porter was a two-time All Star for the Trail Blazers and averaged at least 17 points a game for 5 straight seasons at his peak. As a rookie during the '85-'86 season, Porter primarily came off the bench and averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 assists. Now an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Porter missed all three of his shots in this game and turned the ball over three times in nine minutes. He did have two rebounds and two assists.
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Ken Johnson - This would be the only season of Johnson's career. He appeared in 64 games off the bench averaging 4.1 points and 3.8 rebounds. The 6'8" Power Forward from Michigan State saw just two minutes of action in this one and did not otherwise figure into the box score.
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