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Kyle Lowry to start in the NBA All-Star Game

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Thanks to a late push by fans, Former Villanova Wildcat and current Toronto Raptors' PG Kyle Lowry won the starting job for the NBA All-Star Game yesterday. He beat out Dwayne Wade for the spot.

It's Lowry's first time being named an All-Star starter in his career. He has been on an roll this season averaging 19.8 PPG, 7.5 APG, and 4.9 RPG. He's shooting 43% from the field (32.9% from deep) and 80% from the free throw line.

Fellow starter and Washington Wizards' point guard John Wall is also starting his first All-Star game.

Lowry's hopes for a starting job in the ASG seemed lost when he trailed Wade just days before voting closed. However Justin Bieber tweeted out his support to the Raptor when he most needed it.

Unsurprisingly, the pop singer failed in his mission as all All-Star tweets needed to include the hashtag #NBAballot to count as a vote. Each RT of a tweet that included the hashtag equaled 1 vote. Thankfully those lost votes did not matter. The tweet was enough to raise awareness to vote for Kyle.

Notable Toronto Raptors/Brooklyn Nets/Kentucky Wildcats/every other team fan Drake also tweeted his support for Lowry after hearing he got enough votes.

The All-Star Game will be held on February 15th at 8:30pm at Madison Square Garden.