Blazers, Rockets each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves
JAN 30, 2014 7:21p ET
NEW YORK (AP) The Portland Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league's best record.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard made it from the Trail Blazers, who have been among the Western Conference leaders all season.
Nowitzki earned his 12th selection, tying him for sixth all-time with nine players.
''I have been a part of All-Star weekend every year since I have been in the league and not being there last year felt strange,'' Nowitzki said in a statement. ''The Dallas fan base has always been great to me and the Mavericks' organization and the city deserves to be represented at the All-Star game.''
''I am very proud to represent the Wizards franchise and the city of Washington as an All-Star and to share this honor with the fans who have supported me and stuck by me since I arrived here,'' said Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 draft.
The reserves were chosen by the coaches from each conference, who had to vote for two guards, three frontcourt players and two regardless of position. They were not allowed to vote for their own players.
The West ones went for veterans with their choices at guard in Paul, last year's All-Star game MVP from the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Spurs' Parker. That left first-time hopefuls Goran Dragic of Phoenix and Mike Conley Jr. of Memphis home.
Bryant is injured and not expected to play. Adam Silver, who will become commissioner Saturday, will choose replacements for Bryant and any other injured players.
Indiana's Frank Vogel and Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks will coach the game. Brooks would determine who replaces Bryant in the starting lineup.
Bosh is an All-Star for the ninth time in 11 seasons, while Lillard, Wall, DeRozan and Millsap were all chosen for their first All-Star game. Millsap was the Eastern Conference player of the week last week.
''Paul has been an All-Star player and an All-Star teammate for us,'' general manager Danny Ferry said. ''The Atlanta Hawks are very proud to have Paul representing the city of Atlanta and our team.''
Hometown hopeful Anthony Davis of the Pelicans, and centers DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento were among those who missed out. Orlando's Arron Afflalo and Toronto's Kyle Lowry didn't make the cut in the East.