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Bulls' Rose leads East guards in All-Star voting

First returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting are in with Bulls guard Derrick Rose leading Eastern Conference guards with 640,476 votes (4th overall for all players). Vote now for Rose and his teammates—Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Richard Hamilton and Joakim Noah—at Bulls.com/votebulls or by texting the player's last name to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA").

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NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2012 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and LeBron James of the Miami Heat top the Eastern Conference, while Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder lead the Western Conference after the first returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting. Howard, the Kia Defensive Player of the Year each of the past three seasons, is the overall leader with 754,737 votes.

Howard paces centers in the East, followed by the Chicago Bulls’ Joakim Noah (75,038). James leads Eastern Conference forwards with 640,789 votes, followed by Carmelo Anthony (496,351) of the New York Knicks. Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls leads Eastern Conference guards with 640,476 votes, followed by Miami’s Dwyane Wade (637,912).

Bryant’s 690,613 votes leads Western Conference guards, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul placing second (540,173). Durant’s 633,538 votes lead forwards in the West, with Blake Griffin of the Clippers next in line with 394,264 votes. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum paces Western Conference centers with 496,597 votes, followed by the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (134,961).

The 61st NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio, will be played at the Amway Center on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012.

Fans can vote daily for their favorite Bulls players at Bulls.com/VoteBulls and through their mobile phones by texting the player's last name (ROSE, NOAH, DENG, BOOZER or HAMILTON) to 6-9-6-2-2 ("MYNBA") or by visiting m.NBA.com on any wireless carrier. Message and data rates may apply.

The leaders of both the Eastern and Western Conference players for the first returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting are as follows:

Eastern Conference

Guards

PlayerTeamVotes
Derrick RoseChicago640,476
Dwyane WadeMiami637,912
Rajon RondoBoston253,969
Ray AllenBoston174,934
Deron WilliamsNew Jersey89,128
Jose CalderonToronto42,929
John WallWashington38,025
Richard HamiltonChicago36,418
Kyrie IrvingCleveland27,713
Joe JohnsonAtlanta23,384

Forwards

PlayerTeamVotes
LeBron JamesMiami640,789
Carmelo AnthonyNew York496,351
Amar’e StoudemireNew York178,797
Kevin GarnettBoston173,161
Chris BoshMiami140,601
Paul PierceBoston94,601
Luol DengChicago85,086
Andrea BargnaniToronto54,739
Carlos BoozerChicago53,477
Hedo TurkogluOrlando43,154

Centers

PlayerTeamVotes
Dwight HowardOrlando754,737
Joakim NoahChicago75,038
Tyson ChandlerNew York61,774
Joel AnthonyMiami41,832
JaVale McGeeWashington24,713
Al HorfordAtlanta23,546

Western Conference

Guards

PlayerTeamVotes
Kobe BryantL.A. Lakers690,613
Chris PaulL.A. Clippers540,173
Ricky RubioMinnesota133,520
Steve NashPhoenix118,922
Russell WestbrookOklahoma City107,197
Kyle LowryHouston90,725
Monta EllisGolden State63,696
Manu GinobiliSan Antonio50,765
Jason KiddDallas49,496
Chauncey BillupsL.A. Clippers42,657

Forwards

PlayerTeamVotes
Kevin DurantOklahoma City633,538
Blake GriffinL.A. Clippers394,264
Dirk NowitzkiDallas231,832
Pau GasolL.A. Lakers185,428
Kevin LoveMinnesota143,814
LaMarcus AldridgePortland118,268
Tim DuncanSan Antonio81,783
Lamar OdomDallas59,686
Metta World PeaceL.A. Lakers39,006
Danilo GallinariDenver34,438

Centers

PlayerTeamVotes
Andrew BynumL.A. Lakers496,597
DeAndre JordanL.A. Clippers134,961
Marc GasolMemphis102,116
NenêDenver94,167
Marcin GortatPhoenix62,631
Kendrick PerkinsOklahoma City41,579