Tuesday, April 24, 2018
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Bryant tops vote in final All-Star Game

NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for his final NBA All-Star Game, and Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry made late moves to join him in the starting lineup.

Leonard will start in his first All-Star Game and Lowry will start on his home court in Toronto after voting closed Thursday.

Bryant, who is retiring after the season, had 1.9 million votes and is an All-Star for the 18th time, one behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record.

MVP Stephen Curry of Golden State also will start for the Western Conference along with Leonard and Oklahoma City teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.

Cleveland's LeBron James led East players with 1.1 million votes and is an All-Star for the 12th time in 13 seasons. Lowry, Indiana's Paul George, New York's Carmelo Anthony and Miami's Dwyane Wade will also start for the East on Feb. 14.

The reserves will be voted by the head coaches in each conference and be announced next Thursday.

Curry's father, Del, finished his career in Toronto, and the league's leading scorer will make his third straight All-Star start there.

"It's going to be a fun experience for both sides of my family," Stephen Curry said in a video posted by the Warriors. "I lived there for three years, my wife is from there, she has a lot of family that still is up there that's going to be able to celebrate with us."

Game highlights: LeBron James had 22 points and 12 assists and J.R. Smith made six 3-pointers as the host Cavaliers took care of one of the Western Conference's top teams, beating the Clippers 115-102. … Anthony Davis scored 32 points to lead the host Pelicans to their fourth victory in five games, 115-99 over the Pistons.

Bucks: Coach Jason Kidd is expected to resume his coaching duties Tuesday against Orlando, the team said. Kidd has been recovering from right hip surgery on Dec. 21. He has missed 15 games, with Joe Prunty coaching the team in Kidd's absence.

Tate George sentenced: Former NBA player and University of Connecticut star Tate George was sentenced to nine years in prison for running a real estate Ponzi scheme. A federal judge in Trenton, N.J., also ordered George to pay $2.5 million in restitution and serve three years of supervised release.

Cavaliers 115, Clippers 102

L.A. CLIPPERS (102): Mbah a Moute 1-2 3-4 5, Pierce 0-5 0-0 0, Jordan 2-5 6-15 10, Paul 11-19 7-7 30, Redick 6-12 3-4 17, Johnson 2-6 0-0 4, Crawford 6-9 2-2 16, Prigioni 1-4 0-0 3, Aldrich 4-9 3-4 11, Rivers 2-6 0-0 4, Stephenson 1-3 0-0 2, Wilcox 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-80 24-36 102.

CLEVELAND (115): James 9-17 3-5 22, Love 4-10 7-8 18, Mozgov 5-6 1-2 11, Irving 8-18 3-3 21, J. Smith 8-12 0-0 22, Dellavedova 3-8 0-0 6, Shumpert 3-6 0-0 7, Thompson 2-6 4-6 8, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 42-83 18-24 115.

L.A. Clippers 31 19 22 30— 102

Cleveland 28 31 29 27— 115

3sL.A. Clippers 6-25 (Crawford 2-3, Redick 2-6, Paul 1-3, Prigioni 1-3, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Johnson 0-3, Rivers 0-3, Pierce 0-3), Cleveland 13-28 (J. Smith 6-7, Love 3-6, Irving 2-4, Shumpert 1-3, James 1-4, Dellavedova 0-4). ReboundsL.A. Clippers 49 (Jordan 13), Cleveland 54 (Love 16). AssistsL.A. Clippers 19 (Paul 9), Cleveland 29 (James 12). FoulsL.A. Clippers 21, Cleveland 31. TechnicalsL.A. Clippers defensive three second. A20,562 (20,562).

Pelicans 115, Pistons 99

DETROIT (99): Morris 2-11 0-0 4, Ilyasova 3-10 4-5 10, Drummond 8-17 3-5 19, Jackson 4-11 0-0 8, Caldwell-Pope 9-17 2-2 23, Johnson 3-6 0-0 6, Jennings 6-11 5-6 20, Baynes 2-5 2-2 6, Tolliver 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 38-91 16-20 99.

NEW ORLEANS (115): Cunningham 1-3 0-0 3, Davis 13-23 5-5 32, Asik 4-5 4-4 12, Evans 8-14 4-4 22, Cole 5-11 2-2 12, Holiday 3-11 0-0 6, Anderson 5-9 3-3 13, Ajinca 3-3 0-0 6, Gee 3-4 0-0 7, Douglas 1-3 0-0 2, Babbitt 0-0 0-0 0, Dejean-Jones 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 46-86 18-18 115.

Detroit 27 26 24 22— 99

New Orleans 35 37 18 25— 115

3sDetroit 7-29 (Jennings 3-6, Caldwell-Pope 3-7, Tolliver 1-3, Drummond 0-1, Johnson 0-2, Morris 0-2, Ilyasova 0-4, Jackson 0-4), New Orleans 5-12 (Evans 2-3, Cunningham 1-2, Gee 1-2, Davis 1-2, Holiday 0-1, Douglas 0-1, Anderson 0-1). ReboundsDetroit 52 (Drummond 22), New Orleans 45 (Gee 9). AssistsDetroit 17 (Jennings, Jackson 5), New Orleans 26 (Evans 10). FoulsDetroit 14, New Orleans 17. TechnicalsMorris, Detroit defensive three second. A15,281 (16,867).

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