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First-timers dominate All-Star reserves
By wire services
Published February 9, 2005
NEW YORK - Dwyane Wade, Manu Ginobili, Gilbert Arenas and Rashard Lewis are All-Stars. Jason Kidd and Steve Francis are not, nor any members of the Sacramento Kings.
Six first-timers were among the reserves that the NBA announced Tuesday for the Feb. 20 game in Denver.
The league's 30 coaches rewarded several young players whose teams have exceeded expectations. The Suns will send Steve Nash, Amare Stoudemire and Shawn Marion, and the Cavaliers, Wizards and SuperSonics are sending two players each.
"I'm thrilled, I'm excited, I'm very happy that in my second year I'm an All-Star," said Wade, the Heat guard having a breakout season playing alongside Shaquille O'Neal.
"To Shaq, who said when he got here that I'd be an All-Star, what can I say but, "Thanks, big fella. I love you.' "
Sonics guard Ray Allen and Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki rounded out the Western Conference selections. The East's other reserves are centers Zydrunas Ilgauskas of Cleveland and Ben Wallace of Detroit, forward Jermaine O'Neal of Indiana and guard Paul Pierce of Boston.
Nuggets shooting guard Voshon Lenard said he will defend his 3-point shootout title during All-Star weekend despite a season-ending Achilles' tendon injury.
SUNS ADD DEPTH: Phoenix traded for forward Walter McCarty, giving the Celtics a 2005 draft pick for the nine-year veteran.
BOBCATS: The team waived forward/center Jamal Sampson, who had played in 23 of 44 games since being taken in the expansion draft.
WNBA: The league awarded an expansion team to Chicago, returning women's professional basketball to the home of the Chicago Hustle. The team is scheduled to begin play in 2006.
SUNS 125, KINGS 123: Stoudemire blocked Brad Miller's shot with less than a second left that would have tied it, and visiting Phoenix won a thrilling matchup of the Pacific's top teams. Miller, Chris Webber and Mike Bibby immediately began yelling at official Bernie Fryer, calling for goaltending. But several replays showed it was a clean block.
SPURS 104, BOBCATS 85: With Tim Duncan out for the first time this season with a sprained ankle, Rasho Nesterovic marked his return to the starting lineup after a six-game absence with 15 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes for visiting San Antonio.
BULLS 107, MAVS 100: Luol Deng had 30 points and 11 rebounds and Eddy Curry added 23 points, including several big baskets in the fourth quarter, as visiting Chicago won its 23rd to match last season's total.
BUCKS 121, CELTICS 97: Mike James scored a career-high 28, including eight 3-pointers, to lead host Milwaukee.
CAVS 104, RAPTORS 91: Ilgauskas scored 23 and LeBron James flirted with his third triple double for host Cleveland.
NUGGETS 97, JAZZ 87: Earl Boykins came off the bench to score 20, outscoring all five Utah starters, and Carmelo Anthony had 25 for host Denver.
GRIZZLIES 108, WOLVES 96: Lorenzen Wright had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead six players in double figures for host Memphis.
SONICS 108, HORNETS 91: Allen scored 26 and Vladimir Radmanovic added 18 off the bench, leading host Seattle.