Bryant, Howard lead all-star voting

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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 1,391,597 votes, while Howard paces the Eastern Conference with 1,205,159 votes.

Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant trails Bryant in the West with 945,944 votes, leading all Western forwards. Durant leads the NBA in scoring, averaging 27.9 points per game.

Denver's Carmelo Anthony (742,284) and Bryant's teammate Pau Gasol (702,859) currently round out the top three Western Conference forwards.

New Orleans' Chris Paul and San Antonio's Manu Ginobili are second and third among guards from the West, garnering 724,605 and 504,123 votes, respectively.

Houston's Yao Ming leads Western centres in votes with 754,583, despite playing in just five games this season due to an ankle injury. Lakers centre Andrew Bynum is second with 493,237 votes, though has been limited to just 12 games this season because of a knee injury.

Dwyane Wade, the 2010 All-Star Game MVP, leads all Eastern Conference guards with 1,167,649 votes, and is followed by Boston's Rajon Rondo (929,781) and Chicago's Derrick Rose (917,753).

Wade's teammate and two-time defending NBA MVP LeBron James leads East forwards with 1,194,091 votes.

Trailing James are Boston's Kevin Garnett (850,687) and New York's Amar'e Stoudemire (826,628).

Shaquille O'Neal, a 15-time All-Star, trails Howard in the East at the centre position with 506,621 votes.

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin leads all rookies in voting with 540,701.

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 Staples Center in Los Angeles.


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