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Wolves' Love voted starter for NBA All-Star Game

Sidelined since mid-December due to a knee injury and with no return date in sight, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant still was selected a starter for the NBA’s All-Star Game.

The results of fan balloting for the starting spots were announced Thursday, and Bryant received the second-highest vote totals among Western Conference guards. The Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry earned his first All-Star appearance, while Bryant was selected an All-Star for the 16th time. Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, with 19 appearances, was a more frequent All-Star.

The reigning NBA Most Valuable Player, Miami Heat forward LeBron James, earned the most votes, 1,416,419. The early favorite for this season’s MVP, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, was second with 1,396,294.

Joining Durant in the Western Conference frontcourt are the Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin (688,466 votes) and the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Kevin Love (661,246). Curry received 1,047,281 votes, and Bryant got 988,884.

The Eastern Conference backcourt consists of the Heat’s Dwyane Wade (929,542) and Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (860,221).

In addition to James, the East’s frontcourt includes the Indiana Pacers’ Paul George (1,211,318) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (935,702).

Love passed Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard in the final voting tally. Love, fourth in the league in scoring and second in rebounds, is making his third appearance.