Kobe leads young All-Star starters

Going up: Chris Bosh of the Heat shoots against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol. Bosh’s 31 points include a crucial basket late.

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Going up: Chris Bosh of the Heat shoots against the Lakers’ Pau Gasol. Bosh’s 31 points include a crucial basket late.

NEW YORK — Kobe Bryant called for younger players in the All-Star Game, and the fans listened.

They still want Bryant, too.

Stephen Curry, Kevin Love, Paul George and Kyrie Irving were voted all-stars on Thursday, putting four first-time starters in the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.

Bryant, 35, was elected by fans to his 16th All-Star Game, second-most behind Kareem Abdul Jabbar's 19 appearances. Bryant, limited to six games this season, said he hoped fans would not vote for him. He hoped fans would select younger players.

Curry joins him in the Western Conference backcourt. Love passed Dwight Howard in late voting and starts in the frontcourt along with the Thunder's Kevin Durant and the Clippers' Blake Griffin. The four first-time starters are all 25 or younger.

LeBron James was the leading vote-getter with 1.4 million, and Heat teammate Dwyane Wade also was voted in. George of the Pacers and the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony are the other East forwards, and Irving of the Cavaliers starts at guard. The reserves will be announced next Thursday after head coaches vote.

HEAT CRUISES PAST LAKERS: Chris Bosh scored 31, LeBron James added 27 points and 13 rebounds and the Heat never trailed in a 109-102 win over the visiting Lakers.

Miami beat Los Angeles for the eighth time in their past nine meetings. The Lakers have lost 14 of their past 17.

Bosh hit a 20-footer with 54.4 seconds left to give Miami a 108-101 lead.

"I like it," Bosh said. "It's fun, especially when they're going in. If you go 8-for-20, that's no fun. But when the shots are falling and teammates are looking for me, it's a good feeling."

The Heat was without Dwyane Wade for the fourth straight game with sore knees.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Spurs guard Kawhi Leonard sustained a fracture in his right hand on Wednesday against the Thunder. He is expected out three to four weeks. … Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani has a torn ligament in his left elbow and is out indefinitely. … Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (left ankle) and forward Rudy Gay (Achilles tendon) are day to day. Cousins is averaging 22.6 points, Gay 20.1 points.

Heat 109, Lakers 102

L.A. LAKERS (102): Johnson 3-6 0-0 7, Kelly 3-10 0-2 7, Gasol 9-15 4-5 22, Marshall 2-6 1-3 6, Meeks 7-13 4-4 22, Harris 2-7 3-3 7, Young 8-20 1-3 19, Sacre 2-4 0-0 4, Hill 4-7 0-1 8. Totals 40-88 13-21 102.

MIAMI (109): James 9-15 7-13 27, Battier 1-2 0-3 3, Bosh 15-22 0-0 31, Chalmers 5-6 0-0 11, Allen 4-8 0-1 10, Andersen 2-3 0-0 4, Cole 4-8 2-2 11, Beasley 3-6 1-2 7, Mason Jr. 0-1 0-0 0, Oden 2-5 1-2 5, Lewis 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 45-78 11-23 109.

L.A. Lakers 27 19 29 27— 102

Miami 30 27 28 24— 109

3-Point GoalsLakers 9-25 (Meeks 4-6, Young 2-6, Johnson 1-3, Marshall 1-3, Kelly 1-4, Harris 0-3), Miami 8-20 (James 2-4, Allen 2-5, Chalmers 1-1, Battier 1-2, Cole 1-2, Bosh 1-3, Lewis 0-1, Beasley 0-1, Mason Jr. 0-1). ReboundsLakers 42 (Gasol 11), Miami 59 (James 13). AssistsLakers 21 (Marshall 11), Miami 25 (James 6). Fouled Out—None. Total FoulsLakers 17, Miami 23. TechnicalsLakers defensive three second. A19,608 (19,600).

Kobe leads young All-Star starters 01/23/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 24, 2014 12:12am]

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