Harden, Howard named 2014 NBA All-Stars

Harden, Howard named 2014 NBA All-Stars
January 30, 2014, 6:15 pm
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Thursday night the NBA announced the all-star reserves and, as expected, a pair of Rockets were selected by the coaches. Guard James Harden and center Dwight Howard were among the seven reserves named to represent the western conference at the all-star game in New Orleans on Feb. 16.

For Harden, it's his second consecutive all-star appearance, both times as a reserve. Harden ranks seventh in the league in scoring at 23.7 points per game.

Dwight Howard is an all-star for the eighth consecutive season, but this is the first time as a reserve since his first selection. Howard ranks fifth in the NBA in field goal percentage at 57.1 percent and is fourth in the league in rebounding at 12.5 rebounds per game.

This marks the first time since the 1991-1992 season, that the Rockets have had two reserves selected for the game. Hakeem Olajuwon and Otis Thorpe were each selected for that 1992 all-star game.

They are joined as western conference reserves by Chris Paul (Clippers), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Tony Parker (Spurs), Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks) and LaMarcus Aldridge (Blazers).

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