KG stays in All-Star vote lead over LeBron; Kobe, Yao lead West

NEW YORK -- Kevin Garnett and the Boston Celtics both kept
their spots atop the NBA.

Garnett has led the Celtics to an NBA-best 27-3 record and
maintained his lead in the voting for the NBA All-Star Game after
the third set returns were released Thursday.

Garnett leads all players with 1,527,963 votes with Cleveland's
LeBron James -- the 2007 top vote recipient -- following Garnett at
the forward spot in the East with 1,294,019 votes, the
second-highest overall tally.

Boston acquired Garnett, a 10-time All-Star, from Minnesota in
the offseason.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Yao Ming of the
Houston Rockets lead Western Conference players for the All-Star
Game, which will be played in New Orleans on Sunday, Feb. 17.

The Orlando Magic's Dwight Howard leads Eastern Conference
centers (1,260,987), with the Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade (1,019,582)
and the New Jersey Nets' Jason Kidd (743,683) pacing the
conference's guards.

Bryant leads all Western Conference players with 1,234,111
votes, with the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady following him at
guard (809,395). San Antonio's Tim Duncan passed Denver's Carmelo
Anthony (1,029,335) to claim the top spot among the conference's
forwards with 1,049,641 votes. Houston's Yao leads Western
Conference centers (1,077,244).

Voting will continue through Jan. 20 and the All-Star starters
will be announced on Jan. 24.