All-star reserves chosen
THE PORTLAND Trail Blazers and Houston Rockets each had two players picked as reserves for the NBA All-Star game, while the Indiana Pacers had to settle for just Roy Hibbert despite the league's best record.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard made it from the Trail Blazers, who have been among the Western Conference leaders all season.
Dwight Howard, who was passed late in fan voting for a starting spot, was chosen yesterday along with Houston teammate James Harden.
Old reliables Chris Paul, Tony Parker and Dirk Nowitzki round out the West reserves for the Feb. 16 game in New Orleans.
Paul says he hopes to play but he has been out since separating his right shoulder on Jan. 3.
Nowitzki earned his 12th selection, tying him for sixth all-time with nine players.
"I have been a part of All-Star weekend every year since I have been in the league and not being there last year felt strange," Nowitzki said. "The Dallas fan base has always been great to me and the Mavericks' organization and the city deserves to be represented at the All-Star game."
The rest of the East reserves are: Miami's Chris Bosh, Washington's John Wall, Toronto's DeMar DeRozan, Brooklyn's Joe Johnson, Chicago's Joakim Noah and Atlanta's Paul Millsap.
Wall is the first Wizards All-Star since Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison were picked in 2008, the last time the game was in New Orleans.
"I am very proud to represent the Wizards franchise and the city of Washington as an All-Star and to share this honor with the fans who have supported me and stuck by me since I arrived here," said Wall, the No. 1 pick in 2010.
The reserves were chosen by the coaches from each conference, who had to vote for two guards, three frontcourt players and two regardless of position. They were not allowed to vote for their own players.
In games last night
* At Indianapolis, Goran Dragic had 28 points and seven assists and the Phoenix Suns handed the Indiana Pacers just their second home loss of the season with a 102-94 victory. Gerald Green and Marcus Morris scored 16 points apiece to help the Suns win their fourth straight game.
* At New York, Carmelo Anthony and rookie Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 29 points, J.R. Smith embarrassed a couple of defenders on his way to 19, and the Knicks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 117-86, for their fourth straight victory.