Friday, January 18, 2013

Kevin Garnett, Rajon Rondo named All-Star starters

Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo have earned spots in this year's NBA All-Star Game and will take the floor alongside rivals Heat stars LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.

Garnett ties Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal for second place all-time with 15 All-Star appearances. It will be the fourth All-Star appearance for Rondo, though his first as a starter.

This season, Rondo has been averaging 13 points, an NBA-leading 11.2 assists, and 5.1 rebounds a game. He also has three triple-doubles this season.

Garnett, who didn't make the cut last year, has been averaging 14.6 points and seven rebounds a game this season. He beat out Miami's Chris Bosh by 25,208 votes.

Kobe Bryant led the league in All-Star votes with 1,591,437 and earned an NBA-record of 15 consecutive starting spots in an NBA All-Star Game. Kobe will take the floor with his teammate Dwight Howard, Clippers duo Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant.

The All-Star reserves will be announced next Thursday.

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