Feb. 4 (UPI)– Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant and Los Angeles Lakers super star LeBron James topped the preliminary of fan voting for this year’s NBA All-Star Video game.

The league launched the first wave of voting results Thursday.


Durant, who missed all of last season while recuperating from an Achilles tendon injury, led all players with 2,302,705 votes. He was somewhat ahead of James, who paced the Western Conference with 2,288,676 votes.

Golden State Warriors star point player Stephen Curry (2.11 million) was the only gamer besides Durant and James to go beyond 2 million votes. He beinged in front of Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (1.39 million) and Portland Path Blazers guard Damian Lillard (998,853) as the top vote-getter among Western Conference guards.

Durant was followed by Milwaukee Bucks star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (1.75 million votes) and Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (1.58 million) in the Eastern Conference’s frontcourt. The Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum was in 4th with 822,151 votes.

Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal, who is the NBA’s leading scorer this season, led all East backcourt gamers with nearly 1.3 million votes. He was followed by the Webs’ duo of James Harden (1,093,611) and Kyrie Irving (1,014,763).

In the West, James was followed in the frontcourt by Denver Nuggets huge man Nikola Jokic (1.47 million), Los Angeles Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (1.28 million) and Lakers colleague Anthony Davis (1.19 million).

NBA All-Star voting begun on Jan. 28, with fans able to vote either through the league’s website or on social media. Ballot will continue through Feb. 16.

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