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NBA notebook — Dec. 13

Combined wire services The Miami Heat’s star power is undeniable, but it still isn’t enough to assure the team of three starters in the NBA All-Star Game for the first time in the franchise’s 25 seasons. With Thursday’s first release of fan voting for All-Star Game starters, the Heat had LeBron James atop the Eastern Conference vote for frontcourt players and Dwyane Wade atop the conference vote at guard. However, with three frontcourt players and two guards to be selected starters in each conference, Heat center Chris Bosh is running slightly behind Celtics center Kevin Garnett for the third East frontcourt spot, with Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony second to James, who led all players in the initial balloting release. The top five in the frontcourt vote in the East are James, 641,348; Anthony, 573,112; Garnett, 218,246; Bosh, 210,724; and Knicks center Tyson Chandler, 151,744. The top five at guard in the East are Wade, 430,925; Boston’s Rajon Rondo, 382,613; Brooklyn’s Deron Williams, 211,426; Cleveland’s Kyrie Irving, 155,989; and, somewhat surprisingly, Heat backup guard Ray Allen, 130,016. The All-Star Game is Feb. 17 in Houston. Balloting concludes Jan. 14, with the starters to be announced Jan. 17. Conference coaches will then select the All-Star reserves.


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