Updated:
Original:

Kevin Love named All-Star starter for first time

Author:

Wolves forward Kevin Love made up 26,000 votes on Rockets center Dwight Howard in the final voting period for the NBA's All-Star game, and he will be a starter for the Western Conference for the midseason showcase Feb. 16.

It is the third consecutive year Love has been named an All-Star, and he will be joined by Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City forward Kevin Durant in the frontcourt, while Kobe Bryant and Warriors guard Stephen Curry will start in the backcourt.

The start comes as somewhat of a surprise, as Love previously said that if he came within 10,000 votes of Blake Griffin, whom he was closest to beating out at last voting check, it would be a moral victory.

He didn't beat out Griffin, but he did top Howard.

Love is averaging 25 points per game this year, fourth in the NBA, and 13 rebounds per contest, second in the league, while Howard trails love by less than a rebound and more than six points.

The UCLA alum becomes the first member of the Wolves to be named an All-Star starter since Kevin Garnett in 2007. His reaction echoes his thought that he didn't have much of a chance to close the gap.

The East's starters will be Lebron James and Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat, Kyrie Irving of the Cavaliers, Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks, and Indiana's Paul George.

It's been a good day for Love, as he was also named to the 28-player pool that Team USA will draw from for the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Championships in Spain, as well as the 2016 Olympics.

Next Up

Gopher Hockey

Watch: No-call lifts Gophers to OT victory over St. Cloud State

A blatant hook marred a top-four battle in St. Cloud.

Ambulance hospital emergency

Driver killed after crashing into parked semi-trailer

The crash occurred on the 5800 block of University Avenue Northeast.

Mike Zimmer

Vikings-Panthers: 5 things you can count on happening

The Vikings will look to open things up in Carolina.

Tanner Morgan/Gopher Football

Morgan's resurgence, Nebraska's miscues help Gophers hold on

The Gophers quarterback threw a pair of touchdowns in a 30-23 victory.

Tina Smith

Sen. Tina Smith warns Dems she may not vote for budget bill if climate plan dropped

This comes amid a White House effort to get its "Build Back Better" plan passed.

Pixabay - emergency room ambulance hospital

St. Paul man dies six days after crash on I-94

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner has identified the man as David Rodney Hardaway.

police lights squad car dark - Unsplash

Double murder in northeastern Minnesota, suspect kills himself after chase

The suspect died at the scene from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

chaska school fight

Anti-masker involved in school board meeting fight charged with assault

It happened last month at an Eastern Carver County Schools hearing.

Marcus Foligno

Marcus Foligno throws hands, scores game-winning goal in Wild's opener

The Wild forward scored with 7.2 seconds left to beat Anaheim.

Related

Should Love be an All-Star starter?

If voting for the NBA All-Star Game ended today, four of five Western Conference starters would be from Los Angeles. Chris Paul and Blake Griffin from the Clippers and Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. The other starter isn't Kevin Love, but maybe it should be.

Love named All-Star reserve

The NBA announced its All-Star game reserves and Timberwolves' forward Kevin Love was among the players named. It's the second straight season Love has been chosen as an All-Star. He's fourth in the NBA in scoring and second in rebounding.