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First-timers Nash, Nowitzki join All-NBA first team

NEW YORK -- Tim Duncan became only the fifth player to earn
All-NBA first-team honors in each of his first eight seasons
Wednesday, joining Hall of Famers Larry Bird, George Mikan, Bob
Pettit and Oscar Robertson.
Duncan, who averaged 20.3 points and 11.1 rebounds in leading
San Antonio to its eighth consecutive playoff appearance, finished
third behind Miami center Shaquille O'Neal and NBA MVP Steve Nash
in voting by a 124-member media panel.
O'Neal, a seven-time first-team selection, received 122
first-place votes and 616 points. Nash was second with 118
first-place votes and 606 points, and Duncan got 95 first-place
votes and 553 points. Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki earned the second
forward spot opposite Duncan, and Philadelphia's Allen Iverson
joined Nash at guard.
Nash, a first-time first-team selection, averaged 15.5 points
and an NBA-best 11.5 assists to help Phoenix top the regular-season
standings in his first season with the team. Iverson, the league
scoring champion at 30.7 points per game, was selected to the first
team for the third time, while Nowitzki earned his first first-team
berth.
Cleveland's LeBron James was selected to the second team along
with fellow forward Kevin Garnett of Minnesota, Phoenix center
Amare Stoudemire, and Miami's Dwyane Wade and Seattle's Ray Allen.
Houston's Tracy McGrady and the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant
joined Phoenix's Shawn Marion, Washington's Gilbert Arenas and
Detroit's Ben Wallace on the third team.