Amar’e Stoudemire on Pace to Start All-Star Game

Stoudemire leapfrogged Boston’s in the , putting him in line to become the first Knick since in 1992 to start the game. Stoudemire has 1,143,391 fan votes to Garnett’s 1,049,544. Garnett led in the previous returns.

led all Eastern Conference forwards with 1,518,807 votes. The remaining Eastern Conference players on pace to start the game, to be held Feb. 20 in Los Angeles, are Dwyane Wade, and Derrick Rose, who crept past Rajon Rondo.

The Western Conference leaders are , Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, and . Wednesday was the ’s final release of the totals before the announcement of starters Jan. 27.

The have put considerable effort into Stoudemire’s campaign, which includes a mash-up video produced by the D.J. Steve Porter featuring celebrities and a string of advertisements for Stoudemire with subtitles in different languages.

N.B.A. Commissioner named David Lee of the Knicks to last year’s All-Star team as a substitute when bowed out because of personal reasons. Before that, the last Knicks to make the All-Star team were and in 2001.

Stoudemire has revitalized the Knicks and his name is continually mentioned during discussions about early contenders for the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He struggled with his shot at times on the recent trip. He averaged 22.8 points in the games in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Portland and Utah but went 30 for 75 from the field. The Knicks split the four games, leaving them at 22-16 this season.

In Utah, Stoudemire’s left shoulder was bandaged, the result of bumping with Paul Millsap in the first few moments of the game. Stoudemire originally injured the shoulder this season in Toronto, but he has played through it.

The Knicks would have been blown out in the loss to Utah, but the reserve Bill Walker carried them through the first half. Shawne Williams did the same in the second half, making all seven of his 3-point attempts, with Stoudemire and Raymond Felton in foul trouble. The Knicks host the struggling (8-28) on Friday.

THUNDER 125, MAGIC 124 Kevin Durant scored 36 points, Russell Westbrook added 32 in his fourth career triple-double and host Oklahoma City fought off Orlando for its fourth straight win.

Westbrook also had 13 assists and 10 rebounds in Oklahoma City’s highest-scoring game of the season. It was the second straight game the Thunder set a season high for points in regulation, and this time it even surpassed its output in a triple-overtime win against .

Dwight Howard led Orlando with 39 points and 18 rebounds, and J. J. Redick made four 3-pointers and scored 18 points while leading a failed fourth-quarter comeback. (AP)

109, 97 Kevin Love had 35 points and 11 rebounds and Darko Milicic had 14 points and 11 rebounds to keep Washington winless on the road.

John Wall had 14 points and 10 assists for the Wizards, who fell to 0-19 on the road. They are the only team in the N.B.A. that has yet to win away from home this season.

The Timberwolves trailed by 4 with 5 minutes 46 seconds to play, but closed the game with a 19-1 surge to snap a five-game skid. (AP)

JAMES IS AILING LeBron James did not start the ’s game against the late Thursday night because of a sprained left ankle.

Heat Coach Erik Spoelstra said before tip-off that James was getting treatment, but he more than likely would not play again until Saturday in Chicago.

James hurt his ankle on a drive to the basket in the fourth quarter of a 111-105 loss to the on Wednesday. (AP)

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