High-scoring contests and electrifying individual performances are all well and great, but at the end of the day, it's just a game.
However, there are moments in sports that transcend the game itself, and perhaps, the greatest of these moments in the NBA occurred during the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.
When Magic announced he had HIV and subsequently retired, many didn't think he would play in the event. Despite much concern, Magic did in fact play, and he put on quite a show.
Magic finished as the game's MVP and scored 25 points, nine assists and grabbed five boards in a 153-113 blowout of the Eastern Conference. It was a reminder that, sometimes in life, there are moments that are bigger than us as individuals.
For years, Magic's warmth and enthusiasm for the game was one of his greatest qualities, and to see other players literally embrace him for everything he had done was inspiring.
It wasn't the greatest game per se, but it was undoubtedly the greatest moment in the event's history. For one game, it was about more than the final score.
It was about reminding one of the all-time greats that everyone had his back in the face of tremendous adversity.