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Former Villanova star Kyle Lowry voted in to NBA All-Star game as a starter

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CONGRATS KYLE!

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If you were a part of Jay Wright's pleas to use social media to vote former Villanova Wildcats star Kyle Lowry in to the NBA All-Star Game, give yourself a pat on the back. Lowry was confirmed as a starter for the East team yesterday after finishing with 646,441 votes. He beat out notables Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and John Wall to earn the start alongside Dwyane Wade.

Lowry has continued to hit new heights in the prime of his career in Toronto, this season averaging 20.9 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 2.3 spg - all career bests.

Here's Lowry on the nomination, via Raptors HQ:

"It is an honour to be voted as a starter for the All-Star Game, especially for one in my home arena," Lowry said in light of the news. "I am thankful to all the great Raptors fans across Canada and throughout the NBA."

If you're so inclined, you can watch the All-Star game on Sunday February 14th at 8:30pm ET on TNT (I'm sure your significant other will love that!).