With a late rally, Allen Iverson is an All-Star starter again.
Iverson surged from behind in the fan voting to earn a starting spot in next month's game when the vote totals were released Thursday night. Denver Nuggets teammate Carmelo Anthony will join him in New Orleans after earning his first starting nod.
Iverson rallied to pass Houston's Tracy McGrady in the final weeks of voting to earn his first start since moving to the Western Conference early last season. He started seven straight All-Star Games while playing for Philadelphia, but fell short last year after the 76ers dealt him to the Nuggets in December 2006.
The two-time MVP of the All-Star Game beat McGrady by 10,410 votes and will make his ninth appearance on Feb. 17 in New Orleans.
"It's a good feeling. I think it's a tribute to my teammates and coaching staff because without those guys none of that would be possible," Iverson said in a statement. "But most of all I just want to thank the fans for appreciating what I go out and do on the court night in and night out. It's just a great feeling and an honor, and I'm just looking forward to trying to play the best that I can play for the fans."
Iverson was more than 80,000 votes behind McGrady, who has struggled with injuries this season, when the final update was released two weeks ago. He ended up with 1,203,152 votes. McGrady finished with 1,192,742.
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SG Dwyane Wade Miami Heat 4th
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SG Ray Allen2 Boston Celtics 8th
PG Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons 3rd
SF Caron Butler2 Washington Wizards 2nd
PF Kevin Garnett1 3 Boston Celtics 11th
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PF Antawn Jamison Washington Wizards 2nd
SG Joe Johnson Atlanta Hawks 2nd
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PG Steve Nash Phoenix Suns 6th
PF Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks 7th
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