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OAKLAND -- The Warriors would have two All-Star game selections for the first time in 21 years if David Lee were to get the nod as a reserve from Western Conference head coaches.

All-Star starter Stephen Curry endorsed Lee for what would be a second straight selection for the ninth-year man who had 17 points and 12 rebounds in a 103-88 win against Portland on Sunday. Lee also helped limit Trail Blazers leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge to a season-low 10 points on 2-for-14 shooting.

Lee was effective after again receiving an anti-inflammatory shot before the game to ease the discomfort in his sprained left shoulder. He has started every game this season, averaging 19.2 points and 9.9 rebounds while extending his streak of scoring in double figures to 121 games.

Golden State Warriors’ David Lee slam dunks two of his game-high 28 points during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver
Golden State Warriors' David Lee slam dunks two of his game-high 28 points during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif. The Nuggets won, 123-116. (D. Ross Cameron/Staff) ( D. ROSS CAMERON )

"I'd really like to make it," Lee said Monday on the eve of the Warriors' home game against the Washington Wizards. "You work hard to help your team win games, so you hope when the coaches vote that they vote for guys that are on winning teams.

"It's not going to be a big disappointment if I don't make it because I have much bigger goals for the season than anything individual."

Lee finished 11th in the Western Conference frontcourt fan balloting that resulted in Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, the Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin and Minnesota's Kevin Love being named starters. Lee still could grab one of seven remaining West roster spots after a standout game against a fellow All-Star hopeful in Aldridge.


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Other Western Conference frontcourt candidates include host city New Orleans' Anthony Davis, Houston's Dwight Howard and Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki. Warriors coach Mark Jackson called it a "loaded position" for All-Star selections but said Lee belonged in the All-Star game after having watched him play through the shoulder issue.

"He stepped up to the challenge against a guy that's in the MVP discussion and having an incredible year," Jackson said of Lee's facing Aldridge.

"You've got to tell your body 'not now' and find a way to get it done, and he has."

Lee, who injured the shoulder a week ago, said, "It was tough getting through it, but I'll be ready to go next game again."

Lee's selection during the NBA's nationally televised announcement Thursday would give the Warriors two All-Stars for the first time since Tim Hardaway and Chris Mullin represented the team in 1993, with Mullin unable to play because of injury.

Lee was named to the All-Star team in 2010 as an injury replacement while playing for the New York Knicks. He recalled being snubbed initially because the Knicks were on their way to a losing season.

"Hopefully it'll work in my favor in the other direction," Lee said.

  • Curry wore gold Under Armour shoes in celebration of the entertainment industry's awards season while scoring 38 points against Portland.

    "If he can score 38 points every night wearing those shoes, I hope they make him a new pair every game," Lee said of the shoes, of which teammate Kent Bazemore wore the same style.

    Curry scored 33 points against Minnesota on Friday and now scored at least 30 points in consecutive games six times in his career.

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