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Here are the 2016 NBA All-Star Game starters

As expected, Kobe Bryant and Stephen Curry lead the West crew, while LeBron James headlines the East.

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The 2016 NBA All-Star starting lineups have just been announced, and they feature many of the usual suspects.

Fans overwhelmingly wanted to see Kobe Bryant one last time before he retires, so he earned the most All-Star starter votes. He was oddly listed as a frontcourt player on the ballot, though, so he'll start up front alongside Kevin Durant and Kawhi Leonard, who held off a late charge from Dallas' Zaza Pachulia, of all people. Stephen Curry and Russell Westbrook start in the backcourt, with the latter beating out Chris Paul.

The East offered a few more surprises, though many familiar names ended up there. LeBron James cruised to his 12th All-Star appearance, while former teammate Dwyane Wade joins him despite his advancing age. The other three spots were hotly contested, but in the end, Carmelo Anthony barely beat out Pau Gasol for the final frontcourt spot by just 360 votes, and Kyle Lowry came from behind to knock off Kyrie Irving for the second backcourt position.

The 2016 All-Star Game will be played in Toronto on Feb. 14.

Here is the Eastern Conference starting lineup

GUARD: Dwyane Wade

GUARD: Kyle Lowry



FRONTCOURT: Carmelo Anthony

Here is the Western Conference starting lineup

GUARD: Stephen Curry

GUARD: Russell Westbrook


FRONTCOURT: Kevin Durant

FRONTCOURT: Kawhi Leonard

Learn more about the East All-Stars
Learn more about the West All-Stars

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