LeBron James Leads All-Star Voting

Miami Heat forward LeBron James is the early top vote-getter for the All-Star Game, edging Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant.

James has 609,336 votes, while Thunder’s Durant trails by about 2,000 votes in the first returns announced by the NBA on Thursday afternoon.

The Lakers’ Kobe Bryant (501,215) and the Clippers’ Chris Paul (393,313) lead the Western Conference backcourt. The Miami’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.

Former Magic Center and current Rocket Dwight Howard (295,120) and Clippers’ Blake Griffin (292,925) lead the West frontcourt.

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