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Nowitzki slips in as All-Star reserve

Toss-up: Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, who made the All-Star roster for the 10th time, drives past center Andrew Bynum and scores 18, but the Lakers prevail 88-87 in overtime.

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Toss-up: Celtics forward Paul Pierce, left, who made the All-Star roster for the 10th time, drives past center Andrew Bynum and scores 18, but the Lakers prevail 88-87 in overtime.

NEW YORK — Dirk Nowitzki's streak survives, despite one of the worst seasons of his career. But two other old stars are no longer All-Stars.

Nowitzki was chosen Thursday for his 11th straight All-Star Game, with coaches overlooking the Mavericks forward's lowest scoring average since his second season in favor of his long-term excellence.

"It was a tough road back to full health for me, but I am honored that the coaches thought enough of me to make me an All-Star," Nowitzki said.

Coaches picked Nowitzki, last season's NBA Finals MVP, even though his average of 17.6 points is his worst since he averaged 17.5 per game in 1999-00. He has had hand and knee problems.

Boston's Paul Pierce will join him despite a slow start caused by a foot injury.

But the Celtics' Kevin Garnett wasn't chosen after 14 consecutive selections, and the Spurs' Tim Duncan was left out after 13 in a row. Five first-timers are among the reserves: Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge, Memphis' Marc Gasol, Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala, Indiana's Roy Hibbert and Chicago's Luol Deng.

Game Highlights: Pau Gasol blocked Ray Allen's putback attempt at the buzzer in overtime and the Lakers held on to beat the host Celtics 88-87. … Stephen Curry scored a season-best 36 and the Warriors handed the host Nuggets their fifth straight loss, 109-101.

Around the league: Shaquille O'Neal, who retired in June after a 19-year career and was named Finals MVP three times during his eight seasons with the Lakers, will have his No. 34 jersey retired at Staples Center next season, ESPN.com reported. No date was set.

Lakers 88, Celtics 87 OT

L.A. LAKERS (88): World Peace 1-6 0-2 2, Gasol 12-20 1-1 25, Bynum 6-15 4-6 16, Fisher 0-7 0-0 0, Bryant 11-24 5-5 27, Blake 2-7 0-0 5, Barnes 3-5 5-6 11, Murphy 1-5 0-0 2, Goudelock 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 36-91 15-20 88.

BOSTON (87): Pierce 7-18 3-3 18, Garnett 6-23 0-0 12, O'Neal 1-3 0-0 2, Rondo 7-13 0-0 14, Allen 9-20 2-2 22, Bass 4-9 0-0 8, Pietrus 3-9 0-0 9, Wilcox 1-1 0-0 2, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Daniels 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-97 5-5 87.

L.A. Lakers 22 23 22 15 6— 88

Boston 26 21 17 18 5— 87

3-Point GoalsLakers 1-15 (Blake 1-4, World Peace 0-1, Goudelock 0-1, Fisher 0-1, Gasol 0-1, Bryant 0-2, Barnes 0-2, Murphy 0-3), Boston 6-19 (Pietrus 3-8, Allen 2-6, Pierce 1-5). Fouled OutNone. Rebounds Lakers 63 (Bynum 17), Boston 56 (Garnett 12). AssistsLakers 13 (Bryant 4), Boston 22 (Pierce, Rondo 7). Total FoulsLakers 12, Boston 21. TechnicalsL.A. Lakers defensive three second, Boston defensive three second. A18,624.

Rockets 96, Suns 89

HOUSTON (96): Parsons 1-5 0-2 3, Scola 8-17 0-0 16, Dalembert 2-7 0-0 4, Lowry 5-13 2-2 14, Martin 1-2 0-0 2, Lee 4-8 0-0 10, Patterson 6-8 2-2 14, J.Hill 5-8 0-0 10, Dragic 5-9 0-0 11, Budinger 5-9 0-0 12. Totals 42-86 4-6 96.

PHOENIX (89): G.Hill 4-7 2-2 11, Frye 8-17 1-1 21, Gortat 5-10 6-10 16, Nash 7-7 0-0 14, Dudley 6-11 0-0 14, Redd 4-10 1-1 11, Mark.Morris 1-2 0-2 2, Childress 0-3 0-0 0, Telfair 0-4 0-0 0, Lopez 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 35-74 10-16 89.

Houston 26 28 20 22— 96

Phoenix 29 15 32 13— 89

3-Point GoalsHouston 8-16 (Lee 2-3, Budinger 2-4, Lowry 2-5, Dragic 1-1, Parsons 1-2, Martin 0-1), Phoenix 9-27 (Frye 4-9, Dudley 2-3, Redd 2-7, G.Hill 1-2, Mark.Morris 0-1, Childress 0-2, Telfair 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsHouston 51 (Dalembert, Budinger 7), Phoenix 40 (Frye 10). AssistsHouston 26 (Dragic 11), Phoenix 25 (Nash 13). Total FoulsHouston 12, Phoenix 13. TechnicalsHouston defensive three second. A16,122.

Warriors 109, Nuggets 101

GOLDEN STATE (109): D.Wright 5-15 2-4 15, Lee 5-9 2-3 12, Biedrins 1-1 0-0 2, Curry 13-17 4-7 36, Ellis 6-14 2-2 14, Udoh 0-3 0-0 0, Rush 2-6 0-0 5, McGuire 0-1 0-0 0, Thompson 8-11 0-0 19, Robinson 1-1 3-4 5, Jenkins 0-1 0-0 0, C.Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Tyler 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 41-79 14-22 109.

DENVER (101): Fernandez 4-13 0-0 9, Faried 3-7 2-4 8, Nene 6-7 3-6 15, Lawson 4-12 2-2 11, Afflalo 8-16 5-5 26, Miller 3-8 2-4 8, Harrington 4-11 2-2 11, Koufos 2-5 2-4 6, Stone 1-2 0-0 2, Hamilton 2-4 0-0 5. Totals 37-85 18-27 101.

Golden State 27 20 37 25— 109

Denver 28 23 20 30— 101

3-Point GoalsGolden State 13-25 (Curry 6-9, Thompson 3-4, D.Wright 3-8, Rush 1-3, Ellis 0-1), Denver 9-24 (Afflalo 5-8, Hamilton 1-3, Lawson 1-3, Harrington 1-3, Fernandez 1-5, Miller 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsGolden State 51 (Biedrins, Lee 8), Denver 52 (Faried 10). AssistsGolden State 22 (Curry 7), Denver 28 (Lawson 10). Total FoulsGolden State 23, Denver 20. TechnicalsDenver defensive three second. A14,960

All-Star rosters

The rosters for the Feb. 26 All-Star Game in Orlando. The 14 reserves were announced Thursday:

East

*Carmelo Anthony, F, Knicks

Chris Bosh, F/C, Heat

#Luol Deng, F, Bulls

#Roy Hibbert, C, Pacers

*Dwight Howard, C, Magic

#Andre Iguodala, F/C, 76ers

*LeBron James, F, Heat

Joe Johnson, G, Hawks

Paul Pierce, F, Celtics

*Derrick Rose, G, Bulls

*Dwyane Wade, G, Heat

Deron Williams, G, Nets

West

#LaMarcus Aldridge, F, Blazers

*Kobe Bryant, G, Lakers

*#Andrew Bynum, C, Lakers

*Kevin Durant, F, Thunder

#Marc Gasol, C, Grizzlies

*Blake Griffin, F, Clippers

Kevin Love, F/C, T'wolves

Steve Nash, G, Suns

Dirk Nowitzki, F, Mavs

Tony Parker, G, Spurs

*Chris Paul, G, Clippers

Russell Westbrook, G, Thunder

* starter # first-time selection

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