NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game, and Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry made late moves to join him in the starting lineup.
Leonard will start in his first All-Star Game and Lowry will start on his home court in Toronto after both made up ground in the final days of voting.
Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry laughs during an NBA basketball game, Dec. 26, 2015, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Nobody was catching Bryant, who had 1.9 million votes and was selected an All-Star for the 18th time.
MVP Stephen Curry of Golden State was next with 1.6 million and they will be joined in the Western Conference lineup by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and Leonard, the San Antonio star who was more than 12,000 votes behind Golden State's Draymond Green for the last frontcourt spot after the most recent returns.
Cleveland's LeBron James and Indiana's Paul George will start in the East frontcourt with New York's Carmelo Anthony, who held off Chicago's Pau Gasol by 360 votes.
Miami's Dwyane Wade starts at guard with Lowry, who overcame a 32,000-vote deficit to Cleveland's Kyrie Irving after the last update.
The reserves will be voted by the head coaches in each conference and be announced next Thursday.
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