Carmelo Anthony voted All-Star starter

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Carmelo Anthony was voted to start for the Eastern Conference in the Feb. 26 All-Star Game in Orlando.

Amar'e Stoudemire needs the coaches to put him on the team.

Anthony finished second among East forwards behind Miami’s LeBron James with 1,041,290 votes. Stoudemire was a distant third, 657,556 votes behind Anthony.

It's Anthony's third straight start and fourth overall. The fans selected him a Western Conference starter three times when he was with Denver and he was picked as a reserve once.

He went into last night’s game fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 23.7, but he’s only shooting 40 percent from the field.

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Joining Anthony and James as East starters are Chicago’s Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade of Miami and Orlando’s Dwight Howard. The West starters are Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum of the Lakers, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

Stoudemire started last year, but has to wait for the coaches to determine whether he’ll play this season. The seven reserves for each squad will be announced Feb. 9.

The Knicks haven’t had two All-Stars in the same game since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell made it in 2001.

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