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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

Player Team Votes
Derrick Rose Chicago 640,476
Dwyane Wade Miami 637,912
Rajon Rondo Boston 253,969
Ray Allen Boston 174,934
Deron Williams New Jersey 89,128
Jose Calderon Toronto 42,929
John Wall Washington 38,025
Richard Hamilton Chicago 36,418
Kyrie Irving Cleveland 27,713
Joe Johnson Atlanta 23,384

Forwards

Player Team Votes
LeBron James Miami 640,789
Carmelo Anthony New York 496,351
Amar’e Stoudemire New York 178,797
Kevin Garnett Boston 173,161
Chris Bosh Miami 140,601
Paul Pierce Boston 94,601
Luol Deng Chicago 85,086
Andrea Bargnani Toronto 54,739
Carlos Boozer Chicago 53,477
Hedo Turkoglu Orlando 43,154

Centers

Player Team Votes
Dwight Howard Orlando 754,737
Joakim Noah Chicago 75,038
Tyson Chandler New York 61,774
Joel Anthony Miami 41,832
JaVale McGee Washington 24,713
Al Horford Atlanta 23,546

Western Conference

Guards

Player Team Votes
Kobe Bryant L.A. Lakers 690,613
Chris Paul L.A. Clippers 540,173
Ricky Rubio Minnesota 133,520
Steve Nash Phoenix 118,922
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City 107,197
Kyle Lowry Houston 90,725
Monta Ellis Golden State 63,696
Manu Ginobili San Antonio 50,765
Jason Kidd Dallas 49,496
Chauncey Billups L.A. Clippers 42,657

Forwards

Player Team Votes
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City 633,538
Blake Griffin L.A. Clippers 394,264
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas 231,832
Pau Gasol L.A. Lakers 185,428
Kevin Love Minnesota 143,814
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland 118,268
Tim Duncan San Antonio 81,783
Lamar Odom Dallas 59,686
Metta World Peace L.A. Lakers 39,006
Danilo Gallinari Denver 34,438

Centers

Player Team Votes
Andrew Bynum L.A. Lakers 496,597
DeAndre Jordan L.A. Clippers 134,961
Marc Gasol Memphis 102,116
Nenê Denver 94,167
Marcin Gortat Phoenix 62,631
Kendrick Perkins Oklahoma City 41,579