NBA Names All-Star Game Starters

Kobe Bryant
The Associated Press

The NBA announced its All-Star Game starters, and Kobe Bryant led the balloting to win a spot playing in his 18th such midseason exhibition.

The retiring Los Angeles Laker snagged 1,891,614 votes, more than 200,000 more than second-place finisher Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs, and Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder join Curry and Kobe in the West’s starting line up.

Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Kyle Lowry, who plays before his home crowd, of the Toronto Raptors constitute the East’s backcourt. LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, and Paul George, making his comeback after a gruesome leg break stole his 2014-2015 campaign, of the Indiana Pacers join them in the 65th All-Star Game.

The game takes place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday, February 14.