Sources: Nash, Iverson make All-Star roster

Marc J. Spears

Sparing the NBA an embarrassment, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash(notes) overtook exiled Houston Rocket Tracy McGrady(notes) in the final days of balloting to secure a Western Conference starting spot in the 2010 All-Star game, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Thursday. McGrady played just six games for a total of 46 minutes until he and the team decided to separate from each other until the Rockets can work a trade for him.

The Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson(notes) was also voted into the Feb. 14th game in Dallas as a starter for the Eastern Conference, sources said.

Because Iverson started the season with the Memphis Grizzlies, Iverson was on the Western Conference ballot. Yet the Grizzlies waived him and Iverson signed with Philadelphia on Dec. 3. He's averaged 14.8 points for the 76ers. This will be Iverson's 11th All-Star appearance.

McGrady held a slim lead of 2,475 votes over Nash in the league's Jan. 7th release of voting results.

The NBA will officially release the voting results Thursday night during TNT's doubleheader broadcast.