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Curry, LeBron, Durant lead in early NBA All-Star voting

/ 08:08 AM January 14, 2022
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates against the Atlanta Hawks during the fourth quarter at Chase Center.

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK – Stephen Curry, LeBron James and Kevin Durant remained the leading vote-getters in the second round of balloting returns for the NBA All-Star Game released Thursday by the league.

Two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and three-time NBA champion Curry, who last month broke the NBA career record for 3-point baskets by sinking his 2,974th, set the overall pace by topping the Western Conference guards at 4,463,426 votes.

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Los Angeles Lakers star James, a four-time MVP and four-time league champion, was second overall and led the Western Conference frontcourt with 4,386,392 votes.

NBA scoring leader Durant, the 2014 NBA MVP and twice an NBA champion alongside Curry with the Golden State Warriors, led the Eastern Conference overall and in the frontcourt with 4,088,334 votes.

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Kevin Durant #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dunks during the first half against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on December 10, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Kevin Durant of the Brooklyn Nets   (Getty Images via AFP)

The 71st NBA All-Star Game will be staged on February 20 at Cleveland. Weighted voting to decide All-Star starters will include 50% from fans and 25% each from players and a media panel.

Team captains will be the players who led each conference in voting, which at the moment remain Durant and Curry. They will pick rosters from available players regardless of conference.

Memphis guard Ja Morant moved from third to second in Western Conference backcourt voting to seize the lead for a starting berth while Atlanta’s Trae Young rose to second among Eastern Conference guards to move into a starter’s spot.

In the West, Morant was second behind Curry on 1,633,313 votes to edge ahead of Slovenia’s Luka Doncic of Dallas, who was third on 1,410,605. A week ago, Doncic led Morant by 118,657 votes.

Trailing James in the West frontcourt were Denver’s Nikola Jokic of Serbia on 3,016,380 and Golden State’s Andrew Wiggins on 1,829,733.

Wiggins nosed 56,286 ahead of fourth place Paul George of the Los Angeles Clippers, who was ahead of Wiggins by 139,236 votes a week ago.

In the East frontcourt, Durant is trailed by Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo of the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks, who ranks fourth overall on 3,808,458, and Philadelphia’s Cameroonian big man Joel Embiid on 2,357,404.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks makes a basket against the Boston Celtics in the second half at Fiserv Forum on December 25, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks  (Getty Images via AFP)

Among East guards, Chicago’s DeMar DeRozan set the pace with 2,973,854 with the other starting place held by Young on 1,596,301.

Brooklyn’s James Harden had been second a week ago by just under 30,000 votes more than Young but he slid to fourth on 1,433,217 — also trailing third-place Chicago’s Zach LaVine on 1,442,571.

Voting will be updated next Thursday, two days before the voting deadline.

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