KG stays in All-Star vote lead over LeBron; Kobe, Yao lead West
Garnett has led the Celtics to an NBA-best 27-3 record and maintained his lead in the voting for the NBA All-Star Game after the third set returns were released Thursday.
Garnett leads all players with 1,527,963 votes with Cleveland's LeBron James -- the 2007 top vote recipient -- following Garnett at the forward spot in the East with 1,294,019 votes, the second-highest overall tally.
Boston acquired Garnett, a 10-time All-Star, from Minnesota in the offseason.
The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard leads Eastern Conference centers (1,260,987), with the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (1,019,582) and the New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd (743,683) pacing the conference's guards.
Bryant leads all Western Conference players with 1,234,111 votes, with the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady following him at guard (809,395). San Antonio's Tim Duncan passed Denver's Carmelo Anthony (1,029,335) to claim the top spot among the conference's forwards with 1,049,641 votes. Houston's Yao leads Western Conference centers (1,077,244).
Voting will continue through Jan. 20 and the All-Star starters will be announced on Jan. 24.
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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