Rapid Reaction: Melo named All-Star starter

Carmelo Anthony is the NBA's second-leading scorer, averaging 29.3 points per game. Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images

Carmelo Anthony has been named an All-Star starter for the fifth time in his career, and second as a Knick.

There will be a lot of talk about Melo being teamed up with Kevin Garnett for the first time. Both players made headlines on Jan. 7 at the Garden when the Knicks and Celtics faced off. In the fourth quarter, they got tangled up and talked trash, got called for double technicals and then exchanged words after the game.

LeBron James rounds out the frontcourt in the NBA's new All-Star categories. The backcourt features Rajon Rondo and Dwyane Wade.

Last year in Orlando, Anthony scored 19 points as the East fell just short to the West, 152-149. His previous All-Star selections were in 2007 and '08 and then from 2010-12. His first appearance was his only one as a reserve.

On the season, Anthony is having an MVP campaign for the 25-13 Knicks, who remain second in the Eastern Conference standings behind the Heat. He's averaging 29.3 points per game -- second in the league behind Kobe Bryant -- on 46.1 percent shooting and a career-high 42.1 percent from downtown.

Could J.R. Smith and Tyson Chandler join Melo in Houston, where former Knick Jeremy Lin could play for the West? Stay tuned on Jan. 24, when the All-Star reserves will be announced.

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