Karl-Anthony Towns selected as All-Star Game alternate

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Karl-Anthony Towns selected as All-Star Game alternate

Kawhi Leonard and Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers were selected as All-Star reserves on Thursday, while the Minnesota Timberwolves and New York Knicks also had two players selected.

Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns of the Western Conference-leading Timberwolves will attend the Feb. 18 game in Indianapolis. Stephen Curry is a 10th-time All-Star, while the Lakers’ Anthony Davis and Phoenix’s Devin Booker complete the West’s reserves.

Jalen Brunson was selected for the first time and was joined by Knicks teammate Julius Randle, who went 14-2 in January. The East had two more first-time players selected: Philadelphia’s Tyrese Maxey and Orlando’s Paolo Banchero, who were joined by Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell and Boston’s Jaylen Brown.

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The headlines were announced last week. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo and Damian Lillard will join Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and Indiana guard Tyrese Haliburton in the East.

Among the starters in the West are the Lakers’ LeBron James, Denver’s Nikola Jokic and Phoenix’s Kevin Durant in the frontcourt, as well as guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander of Oklahoma City and Dallas’ Luka Doncic.

The reserves were selected by a vote of the head coaches in each conference. They had to choose three frontcourt players, two guards, and two other players, regardless of their position.

If a player is injured and cannot play, his replacement is selected by commissioner Adam Silver. Randle has a dislocated right shoulder that is likely to keep him out during the All-Star break.

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