For the 63rd time in NBA history the East will battle the West in Sunday night’s All-Star Game from New Orleans Arena.
The East looks to snap a three-game losing streak, but each time its been by a narrow average margin of four points, making the game far more competitive than in years past. The East also owns the all-time record at 36-26.
The biggest stars of the league will be on hand, with Miami’s LeBron James making his 10th straight appearance and start for the East, and Oklahoma City forward and the NBA’s leading scorer in Kevin Durant piloting a loaded West roster.
Durant will start alongside Minnesota’s Kevin Love and the Los Angeles Clippers Blake Griffin in the front court, and Golden State’s Stephen Curry making his first All-Star appearance and start.
Houston’s James Harden was originally named a reserve by the West’s coaches, but he’ll replace the injured Kobe Bryant as the starting two-guard. Bryant was still voted in by fans as a starter, but his recovery from a torn Achilles last season and a serious knee injury have limited him to six games all year.
New Orleans Pelicans rising star and NBA blocks leader Anthony Davis was named as Bryant’s injury replacement last week.
Leading the Indiana Pacers to the best record in the East and posting a career-high 22.2 points per game, Paul George makes his first All-Star start and second straight appearance next to James.
There was some concern that James’s Heat teammate Dwyane Wade would be forced to sit out due to rare injury known as drop foot, but Wade is still expected to play in his 10th straight All-Star game.
Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving joins Wade in the backcourt, making his first career start and second straight appearance. And New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony rounds out the East frontcourt, netting 27.3 points per game.
The full rosters for each squad can be found here.
TV Channel: TNT
Time: Sunday, Feb. 16 at 8 p.m. EST
Online Stream Info: An online stream is available on TNT Overtime here.
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