Boozer will not play in All-Star Game

Boozer will not play in All-Star Game

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Carmelo Anthony is going to the All-Star game after all.

The NBA's leading scorer was picked by commissioner David Stern on Friday as an injury replacement and will make his first All-Star game appearance on Feb. 18 in Las Vegas.

Stern also added Dallas forward Josh Howard to the Western Conference team. He needed to replace Houston center Yao Ming and Utah forward Carlos Boozer, who will be unable to play because of injuries.

Anthony averages an NBA-high 30.8 points, but wasn't voted in by the fans and then wasn't chosen as a reserve by West coaches. He was undoubtedly hurt by missing 15 games when Stern suspended him for his role in the brawl at Madison Square Garden in December.

But Stern said he would not consider Anthony's penalty when deciding whether to consider him for a replacement spot.

Howard also is a first-time All-Star, giving the team with the NBA's best record two players in the game. Phoenix and San Antonio, the Mavericks' closest pursuers, each have multiple All-Stars. Howard is averaging 19.6 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Stern may still have one more pick to make. Denver's Allen Iverson, bothered by a sprained ankle, has talked recently of skipping the game if necessary. Seattle's Ray Allen or Utah's Deron Williams would be the likely candidates if another guard is needed.

West coach Mike D'Antoni of Phoenix will choose the replacement for Yao in the West starting lineup.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-02-09-07 1208MST

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