Kyle Lowry voted starter for NBA All-Star Game
Raptors guard to play before hometown fans
Toronto Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry has been voted in as a starter for the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on Feb. 14.
Kobe Bryant ended up as the leading vote-getter for what will be his final appearance, while Kawhi Leonard and 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 after both made up ground in the final days of voting.
"It is an honor to be voted as a starter for the All-Star Game, especially for one in my home arena," Lowry said in a statement. "I am thankful to all the great Raptors fans across Canada and throughout the NBA."
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.