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Kobe overtakes LeBron in second All-Star ballot returns

By Royce Young | NBA writer
Kobe took over the vote total from LeBron. (Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant has overtaken LeBron James in All-Star voting in the second ballot returns released on Thursday. Kobe checks in with 977,444 votes while James sits with 970,314. Kevin Durant is third overall with 924,898 and Carmelo Anthony fourth with 891,759 votes.

Current Eastern starters are Rajon Rondo (574,242), Dwyane Wade (645,875), LeBron, Carmelo and Kevin Garnett (328,716).

Current Western starters are Chris Paul (542,564), Kobe, Durant, Blake Griffin (489,795) and Dwight Howard (616,150).

In terms of starting fives, nothing has changed from the first ballot returns that were released Dec. 13.

All-Star voting underwent some changes this season with the elimination of the center position from the ballot, instead using just backcourt and frontcout as the positions. (Meaning Durant is the same position as Howard.)

Also, fans were able to cast their votes through social media channels such as using the hashtag #NBABallot.

Really, there remain only two battles to watch: Garnett holds a slim edge over Bosh (about 20,000) votes and Jeremy Lin is gaining on CP3, cutting Paul's lead down to about 40,000 votes. Other than that, you can expect the starting fives to look pretty much the same as they are now.

Balloting concludes Jan. 14 with the starters being announced Jan. 17 on TNT.

Here are the full returns:

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt: LeBron James (Mia) 970,314; Carmelo Anthony (NYK) 891,759; Kevin Garnett (Bos) 328,716; Chris Bosh (Mia) 308,194; Tyson Chandler (NYK) 260,000; Paul Pierce (Bos) 171,601; Joakim Noah (Chi) 129,331; Josh Smith (Atl) 111,260; Anderson Varejao (Cle) 99,955; Amar'e Stoudemire (NYK) 90,996; Shane Battier (Mia) 88,800; Andrew Bynum (Phi) 84,939; Luol Deng (Chi) 76,400; Brook Lopez (BKN) 67,991; Jeff Green (Bos) 52,785.

Backcourt: Dwyane Wade (Mia) 645,875; Rajon Rondo (Bos) 574,272; Deron Williams (BKN) 309,778; Kyrie Irving (Cle) 258,193; Ray Allen (Mia) 195,142; Monta Ellis (Mil) 71,287; Raymond Felton (NYK) 66,745; Jrue Holiday (Phi) 56,683; Jason Terry (Bos) 52,833; Brandon Jennings (Mil) 49,122.

WESTERN CONFERENCE

Frontcourt: Kevin Durant (OKC) 924,898; Dwight Howard (LAL) 616,150; Blake Griffin (LAC) 489,795; Tim Duncan (SA) 299,434; Pau Gasol (LAL) 197,377; Kevin Love (Min) 189,949; Omer Asik (Hou) 131,002; Rudy Gay (Mem) 125,562; Serge Ibaka (OKC) 111,963; Marc Gasol (Mem) 99,271; Zach Randolph (Mem) 97,778; LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 97,090; Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 93,491; Metta World Peace (LAL) 85,279; Chandler Parsons (Hou) 78,235.

Backcourt: Kobe Bryant (LAL) 977,444; Chris Paul (LAC) 542,564; Jeremy Lin (Hou) 496,133; James Harden (Hou) 283,691; Russell Westbrook (OKC) 232,074; Steve Nash (LAL) 166,262; Tony Parker (SA) 111,032; Ricky Rubio (Min) 96,466; Stephen Curry (GS) 78,380; Manu Ginobili (SA) 70,813.

 
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