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James, Curry lead NBA All-Star voting

LeBron James (left) and Stephen Curry are the two most popular NBA players

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors are both on top of the mountain in NBA All-Star fan voting after the second return, the league announced.

James, 33, leads all vote-getters in both conferences with 1,622,838 while Curry, 29, leads the Western Conference and is second overall with 1,369,658.

Behind James in the Eastern Conference is Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo with 1,480,954 votes. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid is the third-leading vote-getter in the East frontcourt category with 784,287.

Former James team-mate Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics leads all East guards with 1,370,643. Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan is second among East guards with 537,168 votes and Philadelphia rookie Ben Simmons is third with 397,942.

Curry’s running mate on the Warriors, Kevin Durant, leads all West frontcourt players with 1,326,059 votes while New Orleans’ Anthony Davis (664,687) is second and Golden State’s Draymond Green (616,730) is third.

Immediately behind Curry in the West guard category are Houston’s James Harden (978,540) and reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook (791,332) of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Under the new All-Star Game format, the top two vote-getters in each conference will be named team captains and will choose their teams based on the pool of players voted in as starters and reserves.

Voting for the All-Star game for fans, players and media ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Monday.

The 67th NBA All-Star Game takes place Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles.

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