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Kobe Bryant Earns 15th Consecutive Visit to NBA All-Star Game

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against LeBron James of the Miami Heat at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2013. Photographer: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images
Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers drives against LeBron James of the Miami Heat at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 2013. Photographer: Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images

Jan. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers earned his 15th straight spot in the National Basketball Association’s All-Star Game, topping LeBron James of the Miami Heat in fan voting.

Bryant surpassed Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal for the most consecutive NBA All-Star selections.

The 62nd NBA All-Star Game will be played at the Toyota Center in Houston on Feb. 17.

In addition to Bryant, the Western Conference starting lineup includes the Lakers’ Dwight Howard; Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.

James is joined on the Eastern Conference team by his Miami teammate Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo.

Garnett’s 15th selection ties him with Bryant and O’Neal for the second-most All-Star selections behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was elected to 19 games.

Reserves, who will be selected by the 30 NBA coaches, will be announced Jan. 24. The coaches will be determined by the best record in each conference through games played Feb. 3.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nancy Kercheval in Washington at nkercheval@bloomberg.net

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

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