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Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul Lead All Guards In NBA All-Star Voting

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ORLANDO, FL - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Western Conference All-Stars Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers talk on court during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

ORLANDO, FL – FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) Western Conference All-Stars Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul #3 of the Los Angeles Clippers talk on court during the 2012 NBA All-Star Game at the Amway Center on February 26, 2012 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — LeBron James is the early vote-getter for the NBA All-Star game, edging Kevin Durant.

The Miami Heat star has 609,336 votes, while the Oklahoma City’s Durant trails by about 2,000 votes in the first returns announced by the league on Thursday.

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (501,215) and the Clippers’ Chris Paul (393,313) pace the Western Conference backcourt players. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade (396,279) is the East’s top vote-getter in the backcourt, followed by the Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving (365,712).

Paul George of the Indiana Pacers (489,335) and the New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (424,211) are next in the Eastern Conference.

The Rockets’ Dwight Howard (295,120) and the Clippers’ Blake Griffin (292,925) lead the West frontcourt.

The All-Star game will be held in New Orleans Arena on Feb. 16.

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