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James and Wade Selected as 2012 NBA All-Star Starters

MIAMI, February 2 - The NBA announced tonight that HEAT players LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were selected as starters for the Eastern Conference in a vote of the fans for the 2012 NBA All-Star Game. The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages, will be played at the Amway Center in Orlando, FL on Sunday, February 26, 2012.

James finished as the top vote-getting forward in the Eastern Conference with 1,360,680 votes. The 2012 All-Star appearance will mark the eighth consecutive for the two-time NBA All-Star MVP (2006 & 2008). In his previous seven All-Star appearances (all starts), he has averaged 24.4 points, 7.1 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 1.57 steals and 30.7 minutes while shooting 51.1 percent from the line. Additionally, his 24.4 points per game All-Star average is the highest in NBA All-Star history.

Wade, the 2010 NBA All-Star MVP, finished with the second-highest votes for an Eastern Conference guard with 1,334,223 votes. His 2012 All-Star appearance will mark his eighth consecutive and the seventh straight year as a starter. In his previous seven All-Star appearances, he has averaged 16.9 points, 4.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.71 steals and 25.4 minutes. He hit the game-winning field goal in the 2006 All-Star Game and his eight appearances and seven starts are both Miami HEAT franchise highs.

James and Wade are joined by Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. The Western Conference starters are Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul. The Eastern and Western Conference reserves will be selected by the league’s 30 head coaches and will be announced on Thursday, February 9 on TNT.