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NBA NEWS - Lakers’ James and Nets’ Durant named starters and captains for 2021 NBA All-Star Game

A record five international players have been voted NBA All-Star Game starters including the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece) - (Keith Allison - photo)

 

A record five international players have been voted NBA All-Star Game starters including the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (Cameroon) - (Keith Allison - photo)

 

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TNT’s NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the 70th NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with Slam Dunk taking place at halftime. The game will follow the same format as last year, with the teams competing to win each quarter and playing to a Final Target Score during the untimed fourth quarter - THIS DAY IN THE NBA

 

NEW YORK, N.Y. USA

Friday Feburary 19, 2021

The Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James and the Brooklyn Nets' Kevin Durant lead the list of 10 players who have been selected by fans, current NBA players and a media panel to start in the 2021 NBA All-Star Game, which will take place on Sunday, March 7 at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

 

As the NBA All-Star Game starters who led their respective conferences in fan votes during NBA All-Star Voting 2021, James and Durant will serve as team captains for the Team LeBron vs. Team Durant matchup and draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference. TNT will air the 2021 NBA All-Star Draft on Thursday, March 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

The NBA All-Star Game starters, comprising two guards and three frontcourt players in each conference, were announced tonight by TNT during TNT NBA Tip-Off. The All-Star Game reserves, featuring seven players from each conference as selected by NBA head coaches, will be unveiled by TNT on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 7 p.m. ET during TNT NBA Tip-Off.

Along with James (frontcourt), the Western Conference starter pool includes the Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry (guard), the Dallas Mavericks' Luka Don?i? (guard), the Denver Nuggets' Nikola Joki? (frontcourt) and the LA Clippers' Kawhi Leonard (frontcourt).

In the Eastern Conference, Durant (frontcourt) is joined in the starter pool by the Milwaukee Bucks' Giannis Antetokounmpo (frontcourt), the Washington Wizards' Bradley Beal (guard), the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (frontcourt) and the Nets' Kyrie Irving (guard).

A record five international players have been voted NBA All-Star Game starters: Antetokounmpo (Greece), Don?i? (Slovenia), Embiid (Cameroon), Irving (Australia) and Joki? (Serbia). The previous record was four, which was set last year.

The 70th NBA All-Star Game is part of NBA All-Star 2021, which will be held on one night, March 7. TNT's NBA All-Star coverage will begin at 5 p.m. ET with TNT NBA Tip-Off, followed by the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Contest starting at 6:30 p.m. ET. Coverage of the NBA All-Star Game will begin at 8 p.m. ET, with Slam Dunk taking place at halftime.


THIS DAY IN THE NBA

February 19, 1982 Atlanta’s 127-122 four-overtime win over Seattle equaled the fourth-longest game in NBA history and the second-longest since the institution of the 24-second clock.

February 19, 1995 Houston’s Hakeem Olajuwon passed the 10,000-career rebound plateau after pulling down nine boards in the Rockets’ 122-117 loss at New York.

February 19, 1996 Phoenix’s Charles Barkley pulls down his 10,000th career rebound in the first quarter of the Suns’ 98-94 OT win against visiting Vancouver, becoming the 10th NBA player with 20,000 points and 10,000 rebounds in a career.

February 19, 2001 Guy Rodgers, a four-time NBA All-Star who led the league in assists twice in a 12-year NBA career from 1958 to 1970, died of a heart attack in Los Angeles at age 65.

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