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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Hornets point guard Chris Paul will start in the backcourt for the Western Conference All-Stars.
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Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Hornets point guard Chris Paul will start in the backcourt for the Western Conference All-Stars.
Lakers guard gets the most votes in the Western Conference for Feb. 15 game.
By Mike Bresnahan
4:30 PM PST, January 22, 2009
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was selected to start in his 11th All-Star Game.

Bryant received 2.81 million votes from fans, the most in the Western Conference. He is averaging 26.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game.

 
The other West starters are Houston center Yao Ming, New Orleans guard Chris Paul, San Antonio forward Tim Duncan and Phoenix forward Amare Stoudemire.

The East starters are Orlando center Dwight Howard, Cleveland forward LeBron James, Boston forward Kevin Garnett, Detroit guard Allen Iverson and Miami guard Dwyane Wade.

Howard led the way with 3.15 million votes, followed by James (2.94 million) and Bryant.

The All-Star Game is Feb. 15 in Phoenix.

Lakers forward Pau Gasol has a chance at being selected as one of the West reserves, which will be announced next Thursday.

The Lakers' coaching staff will coach the West team.

mike.bresnahan@latimes.com




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