NBA: LeBron, Durant pace All-Star ballot leaders
NEW YORK (AFP) - Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and NBA scoring leader Kevin Durant are the top ballot choices in fan voting for the 2014 NBA All-Star Game announced on Thursday.
James, who turns 29 on Monday, has the top vote total at 854,105 after guiding the Miami Heat to the NBA title the past two seasons. He is averaging 25.2 points a game this season as the Heat are off to a 22-6 start.
Durant is second overall and leading the Western Conference at 850,728 votes. He is averaging 28.1 points a game for the Oklahoma City Thunder, who are level with Portland and Indiana for the NBA's best record at 23-5.
The 63rd NBA All-Star Game will be played February 16 at New Orleans. Fan voting for the starting lineups ends January 20 and the starters for the Eastern and Western Conference will be revealed January 23.