Fans make Pacers’ George an NBA All-Star Game starter

Paul George will make his third trip to the NBA All-Star Game.

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For the second time in his career, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George was voted by fans to be a starter for the Eastern Conference in the NBA All-Star Game.

When George suits up Feb. 14 in Toronto, he will be making the third All-Star appearance of his career. He earned this starting spot with 711,595 fan votes, third most in the Eastern Conference.

"I want to thank fans worldwide, and in particular Pacers fans, for voting me on the All-Star team as a starter," said George, who is eighth in the NBA in scoring at 23.7 points per game. "It’s a great honor that I respectfully share with everyone who helped me and believed in me after the injury. This is also a team honor that I share with my coaches and teammates."

The rest of the Eastern Conference starting lineup comprises Cleveland’s LeBron James, New York’s Carmelo Anthony, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Miami’s Dwyane Wade.

The Western Conference starters are top NBA vote-getter Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Golden State’s Stephen Curry, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard.