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Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

Warriors have four All-Stars for second consecutive season

OAKLAND -- The Warriors on Tuesday captured their first repeat of the season. For the second consecutive year, they’re sending four players to the All-Star Game.

Forward Draymond Green and guard Klay Thompson were announced as reserves for the game scheduled for Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. They join Warriors teammates Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who were voted in as starters.

It’s the ninth time four players from one team were selected, but the first time it has happened in consecutive seasons.

The same four players made the team last season, when the Warriors went on to win the NBA Finals, but the format was strictly Western Conference vs. Eastern Conference.

Though reserves are still determined by a vote among coaches, the roster format has been altered this season. The top voting leaders in each conference -- Curry in the West, LeBron James in the East -- choose from the pool of available players, irrespective of conference affiliation. Those voted starters are first off the board.

With so many talented forwards migrating to the West -- including newcomers Paul George and Carmelo Anthony moving to Oklahoma City -- Green on Tuesday morning voiced some trepidation about being selected as reserve.

“It’s something that you want,” he said after shootaround. “It’s something I’d be excited about. But I do know it’s a tough pool.

“I want to be an All Star, one of the top guys in the league. But I’m here to win championships.”

Green is fourth on the Warriors in scoring, averaging 11.3 points, but leads them in rebounds (7.9) and assists (7.6). Despite missing seven of the team’s 47 games, he is making his third consecutive appearance in the All-Star game.

Thompson, who has played in all but one game this season, is making his fourth consecutive appearance in All-Star game. Third on the Warriors in scoring, at 20.6 points per game, he is having his most efficient season, shooting 48.6 percent from the field, including a league-leading 45.3 percent from deep.

Here is the full list of All-Stars:

WESTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins
Reserves: Jimmy Butler, Russell Westbrook, LaMarcus Aldridge, Draymond Green, Karl-Anthony Towns, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Starters: Kyrie Irving, DeMar DeRozan, LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Joel Embiid
Reserves: Kyle Lowry, Kristaps Porzingis, Kevin Love, Bradley Beal, John Wall, Al Horford, Victor Oladipo

Burns leaves Sharks win early in third period

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Burns leaves Sharks win early in third period

The Sharks are already down two of their five leading scorers. They skated to a 5-2 win against the Dallas Stars on Sunday without Joe Thornton and Tomas Hertl, although the latter participated in the morning skate. 

Now, they could also be without their leading scorer. 

Defenseman Brent Burns skated his final shift against Dallas early in the third period, and did not return. Head coach Peter DeBoer did not have an update on Burns' status, but told reporters after the game that it was related to the same ailment that caused Burns to leave practice early on Saturday.

San Jose's largely tread water since Thornton went down, going 6-5-1 since Jan. 25, including two wins in two games without Hertl. Losing the reigning Norris Trophy winner, however, may prove to be one injury too many. 

Burns has paced the Sharks with 50 points (10 goals, 40 assists), and was ninth in the league in average ice time (25:22) entering Sunday. San Jose is currently carrying Tim Heed as its seventh defenseman, but Heed has only played in one game since Jan. 13. 

DeBoer told reporters that he expected Burns would travel on San Jose's upcoming four-game road trip. Defenseman Justin Braun, as well as captain Joe Pavelski, told reporters after Sunday's win that they were confident Burns would not miss any time.

"He'll be fine," Braun said. "He's just dealing with something, but he'll be fine. He's that way -- he won't miss a game."

Sharks take shine off Stars ahead of crucial road trip

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Sharks take shine off Stars ahead of crucial road trip

BOX SCORE

SAN JOSE -- Mikkel Boedker might be playing his best hockey with the Sharks.

"Yeah, I think that's pretty fair to say," Boedker said after scoring twice in San Jose's 5-2 victory over the Dallas Stars on Sunday. "I think it's going well, capitalizing on the chances and paying real well. Our line has been very good and we're fortunate to get a lot of chances, so we got to keep going."

Joe Pavelski, Melker Karlsson and Justin Braun also scored and Martin Jones made 26 saves for the Sharks, who won their fourth in five games.

Gemel Smith and Tyler Pitlick scored for Dallas. Ben Bishop was chased after allowing four goals on five shots, and Kari Lehtonen made 22 saves in relief. The Stars had won six of their previous seven games.

"When you look at it, it's been this way four of the last six games. The goalies have saved us. They didn't save us tonight," Stars coach Ken Hitchcock said. "When you don't check, when you don't want to check, against a good team that's ready to play, you get burned."

The Stars beat the Sharks 6-0 on New Year's Eve and had won three straight against them entering play Sunday.

"We were actually moving this game," Braun said. "In Dallas, everyone left their legs somewhere else. Everyone was coming above on the backcheck and shutting down their speed. That was huge."

Pavelski scored 27 seconds into the contest to spark the onslaught. After taking a passfrom Timo Meier, Pavelski backhanded the puck into the net. Karlsson made it 2-0 a little more than five minutes later, taking a rebound off the back boards, he was able to sneak it past Bishop.

Boedker scored when his shot was deflected off the stick of Alexander Radulov and past Bishop. Boedker scored again two minutes later with a shot over Bishop's left shoulder, ending Bishop's day with 2:37 remaining in the first period.

"He's played some solid hockey at stretches but hasn't got rewarded," Sharks coach Peter DeBoer said of Boedker. "I think he's combining them now, which is what we need, and we need that to continue."

Braun found a crease through the defense to make it 5-0 five minutes into the second period.

"They scored every chance they got," Stars Dan Hemhuis said. "Our determination level was not high enough. We have to get our process in order and the results will take care of itself."

Smith scored midway through the third period after taking a smart pass from Brett Richie and tapping it into an open net.

Pitlick scored on a rebound in front of the net off a shot from John Klineberg.

NOTES: The Sharks recalled F Danny O'Regan with C Tomas Hertl out a second straight game with an injury. ... Stars F Martin Hanzal is traveling with the team on their three-game California trip but was scratched from Sunday's lineup with "general soreness," coach Ken Hitchcock said. ... Stars C Jason Dickinson was optioned to the Texas Stars (AHL). ... Pavelski has nine points over his last six games. ... Boedker has scored goals in each of his last three games. ... Sharks D Marc-Edouard Vlasic has an assist in each of his past four games.

UP NEXT:

Stars: At Anaheim on Wednesday night.

Sharks: At St. Louis on Tuesday night.