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Lakers, Clippers dominate West All-Star starters

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Four players from Los Angeles were voted as Western Conference starters -- including leading vote-getter Kobe Byrant -- for the NBA All-Star Game, scheduled for Feb. 17 in Houston.

Los Angeles Lakers Bryant and Dwight Howard and Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin were voted as starters along with last year's MVP, Kevin Durant.

Fans voted the Eastern Conference starters to be Boston Celtics Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo, Miami Heat players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade and New York's Carmelo Anthony.

Bryant, who is starting his record 15th All-Star Game, collected 1,591,437 votes, approximately 7,800 ahead of James. Garnett will be playing in his 15th All-Star Game.

This was the first year in which centers were no longer part of the ballot with voting for three frontcourt players and two guards.

The NBA will announce the reserves next Thursday based on coaches voting.

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