Four Celtics voted all-star reserves

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NEW YORK -- Four Celtics made the Eastern Conference team when the NBA announced the All-Star reserves on Thursday.

Ray Allen, Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Rajon Rondo will represent the Atlantic Division-leading Celtics in Los Angeles later this month.

Boston is the seventh team in history to have four players selected to play in the All-Star Game, and just the second after the 2006 Detroit Pistons to have all four make it as reserves.

Al Horford and Joe Johnson of the Atlanta Hawks and Chris Bosh of the Miami Heat make up the rest of the East team, which doesn't feature a single first- timer.

While fans voted in the starters for the annual showcase, the league's head coaches chose its bench players.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin highlights the West reserves. Griffin is having one of the most dominant rookie seasons in NBA history, averaging 23.0 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 51.8 percent from the field.

Griffin will be the first rookie to appear in an NBA All-Star Game since Yao Ming in 2003.

Rounding out the Western Conference reserves are Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili from the league-leading Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol, Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki, Utah Jazz point guard Deron Williams and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook.

Minnesota big man Kevin Love was among the notable names that didn't make the cut. Love leads the league in rebounding (15.5 per game) and double-doubles with 43.

Leading vote-getter Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, Hornets guard Chris Paul and Rockets center Yao were voted in as starters for the West.

Yao was picked by the fans despite undergoing season-ending ankle surgery and his replacement has yet to be announced.

The starters for the East include LeBron James and Dwyane Wade of the Heat, Magic center Dwight Howard, Knicks forward Amare Stoudemire and Bulls point guard Derrick Rose.

The game will be played on February 20 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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