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Carmelo Anthony does not make NBA All-Star Game for first time since 2009

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony walks up

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony walks up court during the first quarter against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Credit: AP / Charles Krupa

For the first time in eight years, Carmelo Anthony will not be playing in the NBA All-Star Game.

Anthony, a nine-time All-Star who started in the game the previous seven years, was not among the seven Eastern Conference reserves announced Thursday night. Teammate Kristaps Porzingis also was not named a reserve.

That means that for the first time since 2008-09, the Knicks will not have a player in the game. Fans, players and media select the starters; the reserves are selected by a vote of the coaches.

Anthony, 32, is averaging 22.7 points and 6.1 rebounds. Porzingis, 21, is averaging 18.8 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks. The Knicks’ 20-27 record likely kept both players from being voted in by the coaches for the game, which will take place Feb. 19 in New Orleans.

The Knicks players were not available for comment Thursday night, but Anthony had made it clear that he hoped to play in the game.

The Nets (9-36), who have the worst record in the NBA, also will not be sending a player to the game. It marks the first time since 1987-88 that both teams have been shut out.

Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, who is averaging a career-high 22.4 points along with 6.9 assists per game, made the Eastern Conference team as a reserve. He was joined by Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, Washington’s John Wall, Charlotte’s Kemba Walker, Indiana’s Paul George, Atlanta’s Paul Millsap and Cleveland’s Kevin Love.

Russell Westbrook, who has 23 triple-doubles this season, headlined the Western Conference reserves. He was joined by Klay Thompson and Draymond Green of Golden State, DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento, Marc Gasol of Memphis, DeAndre Jordan of the Clippers and Gordon Hayward of Utah.

ALL-STAR GAME ROSTERS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Starters

Guards

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland

DeMar DeRozan,Toronto

Frontcourt

LeBron James,Cleveland

Giannis Antetokounmpo,Milwaukee

Jimmy Butler, Chicago

Reserves

Guards

Isaiah Thomas, Boston

John Wall, Washington

Kyle Lowry, Toronto

Kemba Walker, Charlotte

Frontcourt

Paul George, Indiana

Kevin Love, Cleveland

Paul Millsap, Atlanta

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Starters

Guards

Stephen Curry, Golden State

James Harden, Houston

Frontcourt

Kevin Durant, Golden State

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio

Anthony Davis, New Orleans

Reserves

Guards

Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City

Klay Thompson, Golden State

Frontcourt

Draymond Green, Golden State

Gordon Hayward, Utah

DeAndre Jordan, L.A. Clippers

Marc Gasol, Memphis

DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento

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