Kyrie, LeBron Playing in NBA All-Star Game

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NEW ORLEANS — The stars are out New Orleans for the annual NBA All-Star game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have one All-Star representative playing in the game, guard Kyrie Irving. This is Irving’s second All-Star Game and first start. Last year, the Cavs guard had 15 points, 4 assists and three rebounds.

This game is usually a high-scoring affair as defense seems to be optional during the annual All-Star Game.

Seven of the past 10 All-Star Games have been decided by six points or fewer. The past four have been decided by a grand total of 15 points.

Akron native, LeBron James, could make history at the event. James needs 21 points to pass Oscar Robertson for fourth-most points in All-Star Game history.

If he manages to score 55 points, he’ll break the All-Star Game scoring record of 42 points set by Wilt Chamberlain, and he’ll pass Los Angeles Lakers star, Kobe Bryant, and become the all-time leader in All-Star Game points.

The game tipped off at 8 p.m.

Here is the roster for the NBA All-Star Game:

East Squad
Starters
G Kyrie Irving
G Dwyane Wade
F Paul George
F LeBron James
F Carmelo Anthony

Reserves
G John Wall
G DeMar DeRozan
G Joe Johnson
F Paul Millsap
F Chris Bosh
C Joakim Noah
C Roy Hibbert

West Squad
Starters
G Stephen Curry
G Kobe Bryant*
F Kevin Durant
F Blake Griffin
F Kevin Love

Reserves
G Chris Paul
G Tony Parker
G Damian Lillard
G James Harden
F Dirk Nowitzki
F LaMarcus Aldridge
C Dwight Howard
C Anthony Davis (Bryant injury replacement)*