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Griffin, Bynum Picked by Fans to Make First NBA All-Star Starts

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Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers and Andrew Bynum of the Los Angeles Lakers were selected to make their first All-Star starts in National Basketball Association voting by fans.

Griffin and Bynum, who will be making his All-Star debut, were among four Los Angeles players chosen to start in the Feb. 26 game at Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

The Clippers’ Chris Paul and the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant also were voted into the Western Conference starting lineup, marking the first time since 1997 that two pairs of teammates will start for one conference in the All-Star game.

Bryant, a four-time All-Star MVP, was the leading vote-getter on the Western Conference team with 1,555,479 votes. He tied Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal for the NBA record with his 14th consecutive All-Star selection.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is the fifth starter on the Western Conference team.

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, winner of three consecutive NBA Defensive Player of the Year awards, will start at center for the Eastern Conference after leading all players with 1,600,390 votes.

Joining Howard in the Eastern Conference starting lineup will be forwards LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, as well as guards Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls and Dwyane Wade of the Heat.

To contact the reporter on this story: Rob Gloster in San Francisco at rgloster@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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