The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers may be miles apart in the standings, but that won’t keep them from playing alongside one another in the 2013 NBA All-Star Game in 2013.
On Thursday, the NBA announced its starting lineups on TNT for both the Eastern and Western Conferences. Out west, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin and Dwight Howard will join Kevin Durant in an L.A.-dominated starting five.
It’s the second consecutive year that four out of the five starters were from L.A. teams. The only interchangeable piece this year is Andrew Bynum, who swapped conferences with Dwight Howard in a three-team trade in the offseason and was not named a starter this season for the East.
Though they will hit the court together, the Lakers and Clippers have had two entirely different seasons. The Clippers are performing as one of the NBA’s most elite teams, and sit comfortably in second place in the Western Conferenceat 30-9. The Lakers, meanwhile, have struggled to a 17-21 record and are out of the playoff picture through 38 games.
Bryant was the leading vote-getter for the third time in his career as he will make his 15th consecutive appearance in the game, all of them as a starter. Paul is the all-time leader in All-Star Game assists per game with 11.8 in six appearances. Howard is the league’s top rebounder and will make his seventh appearance, while Griffin will make his third appearance and second straight start in Houston.
California native Jeremy Lin finished 45,000 votes short of starting ahead of Paul. The Eastern Conference starting lineup consists of Rajon Rondo, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Garnett.