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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving on Thursday night was named a starter for the NBA All-Star Game, which will be played Feb. 17 at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C.

It will be the sixth All-Star appearance for Irving, who received the most fan votes among Eastern Conference guards for the third year in a row.

Leading vote-getters LeBron James of the Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Bucks have been named captains and will draft the rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves in each conference on Feb. 7.

Hornets guard Kemba Walker will make his first All-Star start, on his home floor in Charlotte, N.C.


The East frontcourt picks were Antetokounmpo, Toronto’s Kawhi Leonard, and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid. From the West, Stephen Curry and reigning NBA MVP James Harden were the picks at guard, with James, Golden State’s Kevin Durant and Oklahoma City’s Paul George getting the frontcourt spots.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.