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Harden, Irving lead 6 All-Star first-timers
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 24, 2013 @ 8:06 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Adi Joseph, USA TODAY Sports
The NBA announced its 2013 All-Star Game reserves Thursday evening.
Six of the 14 players were first-time selections, including high-scoring James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Kyrie Irving of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Five of those six were in the Eastern Conference, as the West features a much more experienced team led by 14-time All-Star Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.
While there weren’t any major surprises, the Brooklyn Nets have no representatives despite the third-best record in the East. The sixth-place Denver Nuggets are the best team in the Western Conference without an All-Star.
The Golden State Warriors have been one of the big surprises of the first half, and they were rewarded with their first All-Star selection since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Warriors forward David Lee will play in his second All-Star Game, having made the 2010 East team with the New York Knicks.
Harden is the lone All-Star for Houston, which will host the game Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET. It will be broadcast on TNT.
The starters were announced last week. Rajon Rondo and Kevin Garnett of the Boston Celtics; LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat; and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks will start for the East. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers; Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers; and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder will start for the West.
Heat big man Chris Bosh made the team as a reserve, making Miami the only team with three All-Stars.
Here are the reserves (in alphabetical order; statistics through Wednesday’s games):
EASTERN CONFERENCE RESERVES
Miami Heat forward/center Chris Bosh
New York Knicks center Tyson Chandler
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