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Garnett, Rondo Named All-Stars

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

    Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for  a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for  a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

    Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

  • Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, right, puts up a shot as Milwaukee Bucks guard Monta Ellis defends during the first half of their NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for  a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
  • Miami Heat's LeBron James (6) goes up for  a dunk against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013. James on Wednesday became the youngest player in NBA history to score 20,000 points. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

New York — Kobe Bryant has been voted to his NBA-record 15th consecutive All-Star start, leading four Los Angeles players into next month’s game.

Lakers teammate Dwight Howard and the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin will join Bryant in the Western Conference lineup for the Feb. 17 game in Houston. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, the MVP of last year’s game, rounds out the five.

Kevin Garnett held off Chris Bosh in fan balloting, giving the East two Boston Celtics and two Miami Heat players. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade will represent the defending champions and receive passes from Rajon Rondo. New York’s Carmelo Anthony is the other starter.

Bryant finished with 1,591,437 votes, edging James by about 7,800 to finish as the leading vote-getter and break a tie with Shaquille O’Neal, Jerry West and Karl Malone for the most consecutive starting nods.

Garnett beat Bosh, who took to Twitter to stump for votes in the final days of balloting, by about 25,000 votes. He tied Bryant and O’Neal for second all-time with his 15th selection behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was elected to 19 games.

The ballot changed this year, eliminating the center position. Fans were required to vote for three frontcourt players and two guards.

They picked an interesting mix in the East. Anthony and Garnett exchanged words during a game on Jan. 7 and Anthony was suspended a game by the NBA when he tried to confront Garnett afterward in the tunnel area and by the team bus.

Rondo was injured in the playoffs two years ago after getting tangled up with Wade and landing awkwardly on his arm, part of what’s become a tense rivalry between the Celtics and Heat.

Yesterday’s Games

Knicks 102, Pistons 87

London — Carmelo Anthony returned to his Olympic gold medal past and scored 26 points yesterday to lead New York over Detroit.

Anthony scored 18 in the first half as the Knicks jumped out to a 16-2 lead before holding a double-digit lead for most of the game.

The Pistons were the home team at the O2 Arena in London, the site of the Olympic gold-medal game during last year’s London Games.

Clippers 90, Timberwolves 77

Minneapolis — Jamal Crawford scored 22 points, Blake Griffin added 20 and Los Angeles hardly broke a sweat in cruising to a victory over free-falling Minnesota.

Lamar Odom grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out six assists, and the Clippers outscored Minnesota’s bench 45-23 to overcome Chris Paul’s third straight missed game because of a knee injury. Luke Ridnour scored 21 points and Ricky Rubio had four points and six assists in his first start of the season for the Timberwolves.

, who lost leading scorer and rebounder Nikola Pekovic to a bruised right quadriceps in the third quarter.