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Kobe edges LeBron to lead All-Star starters
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On January 17, 2013 @ 8:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
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The Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (1,591,437) edged the Miami Heat’s LeBron James (1,583,646) as this year’s leading vote-getter in the 2013 NBA All-Star Balloting.
It was Bryant’s 15th consecutive All-Star selection, a record. Bryant breaks a tie with Jerry West, Karl Malone, and Shaquille O’Neal for the most consecutive NBA All-Star selections. A four-timeAll-Star MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, and 2011), Bryant holds the distinction as the youngest All-Star in NBA history (1998). In last year’s All-Star Game in Orlando, he passed Michael Jordan as the game’s all-time scoring leader.
The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET. It will televised on TNT and broadcast on ESPN Radio.
The Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul (929,155) is the other Western Conference starter at guard. The West’s starting frontcourt is Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (1,504,047), last year’s MVP, Lakers center Dwight Howard (922,070) and Clippers forward Blake Griffin (863,832).
Joining James in the Eastern Conference frontcourt are the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (1,460,950) and the Boston Celtics’ Kevin Garnett (553,222. The East guards are the Heat’s Dwyane Wade (1,052,310) and the Celtics’ Rajon Rondo (924,180), who earns his first All-Star Game start.
Garnett’s selection, his 15th, ties him with Bryant and O’Neal for the second-most All-Star Game appearances. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was elected to 19 games.… [For more on Kobe Bryant edges LeBron James to lead All-Star starters, click here.]
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