Oklahoma City Thunder notebook: Kevin Durant tabbed as All-Star starter

Starting assignment is third straight for Oklahoma City star. He'll join Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin as starters for the Feb. 17 game in Houston.
BY JOHN ROHDE Published: January 17, 2013

For the third straight year, Thunder forward Kevin Durant has been voted a Western Conference starter for the NBA All-Star Game.

This will be the fourth All-Star appearance for the 24-year-old Durant, who was picked MVP of last year's game in Orlando.

Durant led all West frontcourt players with 1,504,047 votes and will start alongside guard Kobe Bryant and center Dwight Howard of the Los Angeles Lakers, plus point guard Chris Paul and former OU standout Blake Griffin of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Eastern Conference starters will be forward LeBron James and guard Dwyane Wade of Miami, center Kevin Garnett and point guard Rajon Rondo of Boston and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony.

Fan balloting ended last Saturday. Reserves for both conferences will be voted upon by coaches and announced next week, at which time it is expected Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook will receive his third straight invitation.

The 62nd All-Star Game will be held Feb. 17 at Toyota Center in Houston at 7 p.m.

MARTIN ROAD WOES

Sixth man Kevin Martin has shot significantly better at home than on the road, which isn't good news with a six-game road trip awaiting the Thunder.

Martin is averaging 16.9 points at Chesapeake Energy Arena and 12.5 point everywhere else this season.

He is shooting 48.1 percent from the field, 50.5 percent on 3-pointers and 92.5 percent at the free-throw line at home. On the road, those stats are 38.3 percent from the field, 33.3 percent on 3-pointers and 89.1 percent at the line. All stats other than shooting are almost identical home and away.

Martin scored 20 points in 19 minutes and shot 7 for 12 from the floor in Wednesday night's 117-97 victory over the Denver Nuggets at The Peake.

Denver coach George Karl was asked before the game if he thought OKC was still making the transition from James Harden to Martin.

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