Durant Named 2012 Western Conference All-Star Starter

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 2, 2012 – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant was named a starter on the 2012 Western Conference All-Star team after receiving 1,345,566 votes, second most in the Western Conference, the NBA announced today.

This will mark Durant’s third career All-Star appearance and his second as a starter. During last year’s game played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Durant was the game’s second leading scorer after recording 34 points to go along with three rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes.

This season, Durant has helped lead the Thunder to a NBA-best 17-4 record while averaging 26.6 points (3rd in the NBA), a team-high 8.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 37.1 minutes. Through the first six weeks of the season, Durant has recorded eight double-doubles and he became the first player in franchise history to open the season with four consecutive 30-point scoring efforts.

The 2012 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live at 8 p.m. ET 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 Amway Center in Orlando – on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

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