Kobe voted All-Star starter; Curry gets most votes

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New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Kobe Bryant earned his 17th trip to the All-Star Game by being voted in as a starter for the Western Conference.

Bryant earned one of the West's starting guard spots over the league's leading scorer, James Harden, but the Lakers revealed Thursday Bryant has a right torn rotator cuff and will be sidelined indefinitely.

Bryant garnered 1,152,402 votes --- 83,034 more than Harden.

The other starting guard for the West is Golden State's Stephen Curry, who overcame Cleveland's LeBron James over the past week to earn the most overall votes with 1,513,324.

James, an All-Star starter in 11 straight seasons and two-time All-Star MVP, accumulated 1,470,483 votes.

Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis, Clippers forward Blake Griffin and Grizzlies center Marc Gasol make up the West's frontcourt.

New York forward Carmelo Anthony and Chicago big man Pau Gasol will join James in frontcourt for the Eastern Conference, while Washington point guard John Wall and Toronto's Kyle Lowry make up the backcourt.

Lowry (805,290) jumped Miami's Dwyane Wade (789,839) for the final guard spot.

Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer and Golden State's Steve Kerr will be the head coaches for the game, which is set for Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.