Kobe piling up votes despite assault charge

Updated: December 11, 2003, 7:30 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Kobe Bryant tops the Western Conference in voting for the NBA All-Star game, leading the Los Angeles Lakers in scoring this season while his sexual assault case goes forward.

Bryant drew 577,505 votes in the fan vote for the Feb. 15 game in Los Angeles. Vince Carter of the Toronto Raptors led all players with 696,652 votes.

The vote totals Thursday were the first released by the league. Balloting continues through Jan. 18.

Bryant is averaging 21.8 points per ...

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