Gasol brothers will both start in All-Star Game

Pau and Marc Gasol have been voted the first brothers to start in the NBA All-Star Game, while Toronto's Kyle Lowry made a late surge in fan balloting and will start for the Eastern Conference.

Lowry passed Dwyane Wade and will start alongside Washington's John Wall, the first time the East has had two first-time starters at guard since 2000.

Golden State's Stephen Curry made his own late surge to pass LeBron James as the overall leading vote-getter, the league announced Thursday. Kobe Bryant was also voted to start at West guard, though that's in jeopardy because of a torn right rotator cuff.

Pau Gasol of Chicago will start up front for the East along with James and Carmelo Anthony for the Feb. 15 game in New York. Memphis' Marc Gasol joins New Orleans' Anthony Davis and the Clippers' Blake Griffin in the frontcourt.

The All-Star reserves will be named next week.

HIGHLIGHTS

•BULLS BEAT SPURS: Derrick Rose scored 22 points and the Bulls beat the visiting Spurs 104-81. The Bulls came away with a much-needed win after dropping six of eight and handed the defending champions their most lopsided loss of the season.

•ALDRIDGE TO MISS TIME: Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge said he could be out six to eight weeks because of a torn ligament in his left thumb that will require surgery. Aldridge leads the Blazers with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Without him, Portland lost at home to the Boston Celtics 90-89.

•WADE FINED: The NBA fined Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade $15,000 for an obscene gesture during Wednesday's loss to the Charlotte Hornets. Wade had been heckled about his age throughout the game by a fan seated near the Heat bench.

•NEXT QUESTION: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was less than pumped to answer a question about "Deflategate" before the game. He turned his head side to side and asked, "Are you on this planet? Is this an NBA game tonight?"

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