CHICAGO, FEB. 7 -- The National Basketball Association/Michael Jordan Invitational came to a rousing conclusion today when the Chicago Bulls' 6-foot-6 bundle of incandescence scored 40 points to lead the Eastern Conference all-stars to a 138-133 victory over the West before 18,403 screaming zealots in Chicago Stadium.

"I wouldn't change a thing about this weekend. It's something I'll be able to tell my kids about," said Jordan, unanimously voted by the media the game's most valuable player one day after winning his second consecutive NBA slam-dunk title. "Things were going as if it was a Bulls game. It really did feel like I was playing at home."

Jordan entered the game as the NBA season leader in both scoring and steals. The fact that he also is first or second on the Bulls in rebounding, assists and blocked shots only demonstrates further how much the team depends on his nightly contributions. And, today, the stage still belonged to the former North Carolina star even though he was playing with and against the best players in the league.

Jordan's 40 points were the most scored in an all-star game since Wilt Chamberlain's 42 in the 1962 game in St. Louis. Jordan hit 17 of 23 shots from the field and six of six free throws. In addition, he had eight rebounds, four steals, four blocked shots and three assists.

Washington Bullets center Moses Malone, playing in his 10th all-star game, scored seven points and led the East with nine rebounds. After hitting the floor on a number of occasions, Malone said he suffered a sore left wrist and swollen hand.

"I fell on it one of those times," he said, adding that he will have the wrist and hand X-rayed on Monday in Washington.

Besides everything else he did during the day, Jordan played the straight man during perhaps the best -- definitely the most amusing -- sequence in the contest. The play began with Los Angeles Lakers guard Magic Johnson racing up the middle of the court with the ball. Encountering defensive pressure from Jordan at midcourt, last year's regular season and playoff MVP not only kept Jordan at bay but faced him and had a running conversation with him while he dribbled up the floor.

For the entire weekend, Johnson promised anyone within earshot that the game would be a spectacular show. Although some of his teammates were less than awesome (the West team shot 33 percent from the field in the opening half and finished at just under 43 percent), Johnson's performance was genuinely remarkable.

The Lakers' floor general finished with 17 points and 19 assists, many of them to Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone, who led the West with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Houston Rockets center Akeem Olajuwon had 21 points and nine rebounds for the West.

When he scored on a sky hook with 44 seconds remaining, Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, playing in his record 17th all-star game, set a record for the most points scored in these affairs. Abdul-Jabbar's 247 is one more than Oscar Robertson scored in 12 appearances.

"I wasn't going to get all crazy about it if I didn't get back into the game," said Abdul-Jabbar, who thought for a moment he had the record with a three-point heave at the third-quarter buzzer, originally ruled good for basket interference until the officials realized it was an offensive player who had touched the rim.

Abdul-Jabbar did not play in the fourth quarter until only 52 seconds remained, when West Coach Pat Riley responded to some rather loud suggestions from the chanting fans. (Riley might have been forgiven less than total concentration, for his brother Len Riley, 52, died Friday in Valerico, Fla., after a long illness. The coach planned to fly to Florida immediately after the game, and will miss the Lakers' home game Tuesday against Indiana.)

"I was hoping," Abdul-Jabbar said, "to get a shot {at the record}. I haven't really had a chance to line up my milestones, but this one was nice because of the way the fans responded to it."

The historic hook shot was a nice touch for a game -- and an entire weekend -- that perhaps symbolized the changing nature of the NBA. Flashy, athletic players like Jordan, Johnson, Atlanta's Dominique Wilkins (29 points today) and Detroit's Isiah Thomas (15 assists) are the rage now, perhaps even supplanting bedrock, low-post forces such as Abdul-Jabbar.

The league has gone glitzy as well with its all-star Saturday and corporate sponsorships of virtually every postseason award. The trend has become enough to make at least one old-school general manager throw up his hands in disgust.

"If anyone feels you can get anything done {like trading players} in these things they're crazy, it's become too commercial," he said. "I don't know half the people here. It used to be you'd see a GM, go into a bar for awhile and something would happen. Now, you never see any of them because you have to go to this dinner and that party."

In that sense, the game itself has threatened to become an anticlimactic addendum to everything else. That appeared to be the case today. Unlike last season's 154-149 victory for the West, which featured a compelling fourth quarter and overtime, there were no consistent stretches that could characterize this contest.

The West led, 32-27, after the opening quarter but soon fell behind to stay and trailed, 60-54, at intermission as Jordan rallied his team with 10 second-quarter points. The East had a double-digit lead off and on and was in front by 99-89 after three periods. Early in the final 12 minutes, the West made a final run.

Johnson hit Karl Malone and Olajuwon for baskets that helped bring the count to 114-106 with just over six minutes left. If there was any growing doubt about the outcome, Jordan quickly ended it, scoring eight consecutive points for the East, the last four on a swooping layup and a powerful dunk on an offensive rebound.

After that, the only question was how many points Jordan would end up with. His teammates helped supply the answer by constantly feeding him the ball, allowing him to score eight of the last 10 East points.

"I guess I'll win at least one MVP award," said Jordan, second to Johnson in last year's regular season voting. "I think there were a lot of expectations as far as getting MVP. My expectations were just to have a good time."

Mission accomplished.