For the second year in a row Kyle Lowry will be centre stage at the NBA all-star. Thanks to his 646,441 votes on Twitter, Lowry will start as guard for the Eastern Conference team on his home court at Air Canada Centre in Toronto on February 14.
Lowry trailed by 32,000 votes on Saturday, when the league released its second-to-last voting tally. Fans were able to vote for starters through a multitude of social media platforms and on NBA.com.
A late endorsement from Drake on Instagram gave Lowry the boost he needed.
“It is an honour to be voted as a starter for the All-Star Game, especially for one in my home arena,” said Lowry in a news release. “I am thankful to all the great Raptors fans across Canada and throughout the NBA.”
Lowry joins Miami’s Dwyane Wade, Indiana’s Paul George, New York’s Carmelo Anthony and Cleveland’s LeBron James in the East starting lineup. The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, Golden State’s Stephen Curry and San Antonio’s Kawhi Leonard are the West starters.