Durant, Westbrook selected as reserves for All-Star game

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant and guard Russell Westbrook were selected as reserves to the All-Star game.

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Last week Kevin Durant said he didn’t need the fans’ vote to validate him as player.

Thursday, Durant and Russell Westbrook got some validation, though, as  both were selected to the NBA All-Star game as reserve players for the Western Conference.

Durant will make his sixth-consecutive All-Star game and Westbrook will be making his fourth showing. Durant scored 38 points with 10 rebounds in 35 minutes last year. Westbrook has averaged 15.6 points in his three showings.

The game will be in New York on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

Houston’s James Harden, the Clippers Chris Paul, Tim Duncan of San Antonio,  LaMarcus Aldridge of Portland and Klay Thompson of Golden State were also named reserves Thursday. 

The Western Conference starters are Stephen Curry of Golden State, Kobe Bryant of the Lakers, Blake Griffin of the Clippers, Anthony Davis of the Pelicans and Marc Gasol of the Clippers. Bryant is injured. 

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