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Kawhi Leonard to start NBA All-Star Game

Fans vote Spurs forward into his first All-Star appearance

SAN ANTONIO – The fans have spoken and Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game as a starter.

The Spurs announced the news early Thursday evening on Twitter.

Leonard will represent the league's Western Conference at the 65th NBA All-Star Game on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Rounding out the starting five for the Western Conference are Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Steph Curry.

Leonard was in a back-and-forth with Golden State's Draymond Green for a starting frontcourt position and needed a late surge in voting to push him over the top.

Leonard joins Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan as the only players in NBA history to be a Finals MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and appear in an All-Star game.

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Leonard is also the first Spur not named Tim Duncan to start an All-Star game since David Robinson in 1993.

The starters for the Eastern Conference are Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Paul George, Kyle Lowry and Dwyane Wade.

Kobe led all players in vote totals for the fourth time in his career.

The All-Star Game reserves will be revealed live on TNT on Thursday, Jan. 28.