Dirk Nowitzki, Paul Pierce All-Stars; runs end for Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan

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Coaches had to pick two forwards, two guards, a center, and two players regardless of position. They couldn’t vote for one of their own players.

They favored team success, with only Nash, Williams and Gasol getting picked from teams with losing records.

That left out All-Star hopefuls such as Milwaukee’s Brandon Jennings, the Knicks’ Stoudemire — who misses a chance to play near his Florida home — the Grizzlies’ Rudy Gay, and Golden State’s Monta Ellis. Houston’s Kyle Lowry also fell short in the West, where coaches picked three other point guards.

Minnesota’s awful record last season nearly cost Love, though he eventually made it as an injury replacement. Putting up big numbers again and this time with the Timberwolves on the right side of .500, he was an easy pick.

“It’s a lot of joy,” Love said. “It’s really a respect thing. I’ve had a great season thus far and we’ve had some success as a team. For me, it’s definitely a big deal. I put in a lot of work these last three and a half seasons and I don’t intend on stopping.”

The snubbed players still have a chance if there is an injury. Commissioner David Stern chooses the injury replacements.

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AP Sports Writers Jimmy Golen in Boston and Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report.

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