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Bulls' Rose leads East guards in All-Star voting

Second returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting are in with Bulls guard Derrick Rose leading Eastern Conference guards with 1,040,210 votes (one of three players with over one million votes). 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").

Derrick Rose

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NEW YORK, Jan. 19, 2012 – Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic and Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls 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 second returns of 2012 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint. Howard, who leads the NBA in rebounding (15.6 rpg), is the overall leader with 1,161,797 votes.

Howard paces centers in the East, followed by the Bulls’ Joakim Noah (141,683). LeBron James of the Miami Heat leads Eastern Conference forwards with 972,580 votes, followed by Carmelo Anthony (779,945) of the New York Knicks. Rose leads Eastern Conference guards with 1,040,210 votes, followed by Miami’s Dwyane Wade (972,015).

Bryant’s 1,110,379 votes leads Western Conference guards, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ Chris Paul placing second (835,026). Durant’s 973,152 votes leads forwards in the West, with Blake Griffin of the Clippers next in line with 619,913 votes. The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum paces Western Conference centers with 777,365 votes, followed by the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan (214,883).

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 1,040,210
Dwyane Wade Miami 972,015
Rajon Rondo Boston 394,672
Ray Allen Boston 274,233
Deron Williams New Jersey 143,941
Jose Calderon Toronto 84,881
Richard Hamilton Chicago 64,757
John Wall Washington 61,160
Kyrie Irving Cleveland 53,300
Joe Johnson Atlanta 40,718

Forwards

Player Team Votes
LeBron James Miami 972,580
Carmelo Anthony New York 779,945
Amar’e Stoudemire New York 281,617
Kevin Garnett Boston 268,980
Chris Bosh Miami 209,640
Luol Deng Chicago 166,671
Paul Pierce Boston 145,077
Carlos Boozer Chicago 101,612
Andrea Bargnani Toronto 93,456
Hedo Turkoglu Orlando 80,694

Centers

Player Team Votes
Dwight Howard Orlando 1,161,797
Joakim Noah Chicago 141,683
Tyson Chandler New York 107,735
Joel Anthony Miami 67,210
JaVale McGee Washington 41,249
Al Horford Atlanta 35,860

Western Conference

Guards

Player Team Votes
Kobe Bryant L.A. Lakers 1,110,379
Chris Paul L.A. Clippers 835,026
Ricky Rubio Minnesota 248,423
Steve Nash Phoenix 188,537
Russell Westbrook Oklahoma City 167,996
Kyle Lowry Houston 132,972
Monta Ellis Golden State 105,926
Manu Ginobili San Antonio 79,821
Jason Kidd Dallas 79,783
Chauncey Billups L.A. Clippers 73,429

Forwards

Player Team Votes
Kevin Durant Oklahoma City 973,152
Blake Griffin L.A. Clippers 619,913
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas 354,434
Pau Gasol L.A. Lakers 327,596
Kevin Love Minnesota 232,656
LaMarcus Aldridge Portland 188,829
Tim Duncan San Antonio 133,575
Lamar Odom Dallas 96,080
Metta World Peace L.A. Lakers 63,055
Danilo Gallinari Denver 59,646

Centers

Player Team Votes
Andrew Bynum L.A. Lakers 777,365
DeAndre Jordan L.A. Clippers 214,883
Marc Gasol Memphis 182,992
Nenê Denver 144,066
Marcin Gortat Phoenix 92,511
Kendrick Perkins Oklahoma City 66,380