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The news that was fairly anticlimactic for just about everybody except Stephen Curry and his family was welcome to pretty much everyone who follows the NBA.
Curry, the fifth-year Warriors point guard, was voted as a starter in the All-Star Game scheduled for Feb. 16 at New Orleans Arena. The rosters were announced late Thursday afternoon in a special telecast on TNT.
Curry, 25, becomes the first Warrior voted in to start since 1995, when the honor went to Latrell Sprewell.
Curry's inclusion was widely expected insofar as he ranked second among Western Conference guards in the final pre-announcement update. Atop the final voting update for conference guards was Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who is injured. Ranked third, behind Curry, was Clippers star Chris Paul, who also is injured.
Curry ended up being the leading vote-getter among guards, with 1,047,281.
Kobe registered 988,884 votes but he is not expected to play because of injury. The NBA will announce a guard to start alongside Curry in the coming days.
The rest of the Western Conference starters voted in were Thunder forward Kevin Durant (1,396,294 votes), Clippers forward Blake Griffin (688,466 votes) and Timberwolves forward Kevin Love (661,246 votes).
The Eastern Conference starters are LeBron James, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kyrie Irving and Dwyane Wade.