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Basketball: James, Bryant, Duncan, Durant and Paul chosen for All-NBA first team

May 23 (Reuters) - Four-time NBA Most Valuable Player LeBron James and veteran superstar Kobe Bryant headlined the list of players selected for the All-NBA teams on Thursday.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers joined James and Bryant on the first team.

James earned first-team honours for a sixth consecutive season and seventh overall since entering the NBA in 2003.

The Miami Heat All-Star was the only player in the league to lead his team in scoring (26.8 points per game), rebounding (8.0) and assists (7.3). He shot a career high from the field (.565) and from three-point range (.406).

Bryant was chosen for the eighth consecutive season and a record-tying 11th time in his career, putting him level with Hall of Fame player Karl Malone.

The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers star scored 2,133 points during the season as he moved past Wilt Chamberlain into fourth place in the NBA's all-time scoring list.

Duncan earned his 10th first-team selection while Durant got the nod for a fourth time and Paul for a third.

The second team consisted of San Antonio's Tony Parker, Oklahoma's Russell Westbrook, NBA top scorer Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks, Blake Griffin of the Clippers and Marc Gasol of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Third-team members were Houston's James Harden, Miami's Dwyane Wade, the Indiana Pacers' Paul George, David Lee of the Golden State Warriors and Dwight Howard of the Lakers.