Bryant, Howard lead all-star balloting

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NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant and Orlando Magic centre Dwight Howard lead their respective conferences in votes for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game.

Bryant, a 12-time all star, leads the NBA with 1,153,694 votes, while Howard paces the Eastern Conference with 988,572 votes.

New Orleans' Chris Paul (585,690) and San Antonio's Manu Ginobili (403,632) finished second and third behind Bryant among Western Conference guards.

The West's forwards are highlighted by NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant (735,521) from Oklahoma City, Denver's Carmelo Anthony (602,516) and Bryant's teammate, Pau Gasol (597,201).

Houston's Yao Ming leads Western Conference centres with 637,527 votes despite playing in just five games this season due to an ankle injury. The Lakers' Andrew Bynum is second with 376,283.

Miami's LeBron James tops the list among Eastern Conference forwards with 969,459 votes. Trailing James are Boston's Kevin Garnett (712,555), New York's Amare Stoudemire (637,486) and the Celtics' Paul Pierce (381,348).

The East's guards are led by Miami's Dwyane Wade (938,402), Boston's Rajon Rondo (777,310) and Chicago's Derrick Rose (721,122).

Boston's Shaquille O'Neal trails Howard with 410,663 votes at the centre position for the East.

Paper balloting will continue through Jan. 17, while online voting will be available until Jan. 23. Starters will be announced on Jan. 27 for both conferences.

The 2011 All-Star Game takes place on Feb. 20 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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