Durant voted to All-Star Game starting lineup
BY Associated Press
Thursday, January 17, 2013
NEW YORK — Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the MVP of last year’s NBA All-Star Game, will be in the Western Conference starting lineup for this year’s All-Star contest, set for Feb. 17 in Houston.
He will be joined in the starting five by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, who was voted to his NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star start. Bryant leads four Los Angeles players into next month’s game, including his Lakers teammate Dwight Howard and the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, the former University of Oklahoma star.
Kevin Garnett held off Chris Bosh in fan balloting, giving the East two Boston Celtics and two Miami Heat players. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will represent the defending champions and receive passes from Rajon Rondo. New York’s Carmelo Anthony is the other starter.
Bryant finished with 1,591,437 votes, edging James by about 7,800 to finish as the leading vote-getter and break a tie with Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West and Karl Malone for the most consecutive starting nods.
Kevin Durant high-fives teammates during the Oklahoma City Thunder's win over the Denver Nuggets at Chesapeake Energy Center on Wednesday. Durant has been named a Western Conference starter for next month's All-Star Game. CORY YOUNG/Tulsa World