Kings 48-41 (0-8)

Stars 78-4 (8-0)

Score (click for boxscore) Game MVP Hi Points Hi Rebounds Hi Assists
1. Kings 121, Stars 116 Sidney Moncrief 25 Jerome Kersey  8 P.Ewing/C.Oakley 10 Magic Johnson
2. Stars 110, Kings 96 Magic Johnson 31 Magic Johnson 11 Magic Johnson  6 M.Johnson/S.Moncrief
3. at Callaway
4. at Callaway
5. at Fresno
6. at Callaway
7. at Fresno
series 1-1

Game 1 – The Callaway Kings traveled to Selland Arena in Fresno with thoughts of doing something they hadn’t done all season (0-8), defeat the two-time defending champion Fresno Stars. Fresno may have thought this was gonna be a walk-in-the-park, but they found themselves on the short-end of a 20-13 scoreboard after the first 7 minutes of game time. The Stars showed what they were made of and went on a “Showtime-esque” run and less than 4 minutes later were up 26-22. Patrick Ewing’s flush with 12 ticks left put the home town Stars ahead 30-26 after one. Sid Moncrief led all scorers with 10. Callaway flicked the switch the other way, dominating the 2nd period’s first 5 minutes to go up 43-32. They held on, stunning the Fresno faithful, with a 57-48 advantage. The teams played to a 32-32 stalemate in the 3rd. Fresno found themselves in a very unfamiliar position of the past 3 seasons, losing as they headed into the 4th quarter. Like a boxer seeing blood, the Kings were relentless in the early minutes, going on a 14-5 run that gave them a commanding 15-point lead. Fresno wouldn’t throw in the towel though, and they battled back to trail by only 3 at 119-116 with 3.7 seconds remaining on Jerome Kersey’s three-pointer. Moncrief sealed the victory with a pair of freebies and the Callaway Kings stole game one in Fresno. Sid was named MVP with 24 points and 7 assists; making 9-10 FTA. Reggie Miller added 22 and Terry Cummings 20. Kersey led all scorers with 25. Alvin Robertson had 20 and Magic finished with a not-so-good triple-double of 19 points and 10 assists, but 11 turnovers.

Game 2 – Callaway came into game two with a bounce in their step after pulling out the game one upset.  The 400-pound gorilla was off their backs as they snapped an 0-31 streak vs. Fresno and 2-39 record since the ’85-86 season.  The last time the Kings won against the Stars was game 1 of the ’85-86 playoff series.  The question for game two and the rest of the series was if Callaway found their ‘anti-Magic’ formula to win or at least be competitive vs. Fresno, or was it just a blip when all the ‘stars’ aligned for the Kings. The first quarter began a theme in game one with the  Kings having difficulty getting their inside game going as Fresno blocked 4 shots (3 by Patrick Ewing) and altering numerous shots.  The Kings’ guards took up the slack, scoring all but 4 of Callaway’s 25 points. Fresno was held to 23 points led by Magic’s 8. Fresno was able to go inside in the 2nd quarter with Ewing and LaSalle Thompson  combining for 18 of the Stars’ 29 pts.  The Kings were able to keep the game close with their guard play as Mychal Thompson (10 pts) was the only Callaway big with more than 2 points in the 1st half. At the half the Kings led 53-52. In the 3rd quarter, Fresno played tough defense and got some easy points by going to the free throw line and making fast breaks.  Magic’s 12 points lead FRS to a 82-73 advantage after 3 periods. Callaway could get no closer than 9 pts in the 4th qtr. with Fresno stretching the lead by outscoring the Kings 28-23. Alvin Robertson with 10 pts. in the final stanza.   Fresno evens the series at one game apiece after the 110-96 game 2 victory. The Kings, while disappointed about fading in the 2nd half of game two,  are still are happy with the split away from home. Magic was named MVP of the game with 31p/11r/6a and only 4 turnovers this game.   Ewing had a fine game with 16/p/9r/7blocks and helping limit CWK to 15-36 on inside shots. Robertson also chipped in 20p. The Stars outscored the Kings on fast breaks 24-12.  Reggie Miller’s 23 points and Sidney Moncrief’s 18 pts. led the Callaway attack. 

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