Thursday January 8th, 2015

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry trails Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James by 13,285 votes for the top spot in the NBA All-Star balloting.

Curry has gained ground on James since the second returns of the balloting were released on New Year's Day. At that point, James led Curry by 20,324 votes. James is currently sidelined with knee and back injuries, while Curry continues to thrive as the Warriors' leading scorer and assist provider.

Both players lead their respective conferences in votes, which are cast for backcourt and frontcourt players.

Washington Wizards point guard John Wall leads the East backcourt with 564,977 votes, while Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade is second with 507,326. Chicago Bulls forward Pau Gasol tops the East backcourt with 527,582 votes, followed by New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony with 456,186.

Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving fell from third to fourth among East guards, behind the Toronto Raptors' Kyle Lowry, meaning it is less likely that the so-called "Derrick Rose Rule" in his contract will be triggered.

In the West backcourt, Curry has garnered 958,014 votes, compared to 862,568 for Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe BryantThe West frontcourt is paced by New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, whose 922,381 votes rank behind only James and Curry, and Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin with 490,786.

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Here is a longer list of players receiving votes in the third returns. 

East

Frontcourt:

1. LeBron James (Cle) 971,299 
2. Pau Gasol (Chi) 527,582 
3. Carmelo Anthony (NY) 456,186 
4. Chris Bosh (Mia) 354,609 
5. Kevin Love (Cle) 260,269 
6. Marcin Gortat (Was) 155,636 
7. Joakim Noah (Chi) 139,307 
8. Jonas Valanciunas (Tor) 125,796 
9. Al Jefferson (Cha) 77,518 
10. Kevin Garnett (BKN) 76,595 
11. Nikola Vucevic (Orl) 68,722 
12. Paul Pierce (Was) 59,264 
13. Paul Millsap (Atl) 55,224 
14. Nikola Mirotic (Chi) 52,562 
15. Al Horford (Atl) 48,465

Backcourt:

1. John Wall (Was) 564,977 
2. Dwyane Wade (Mia) 507,326 
3. Kyle Lowry (Tor) 406,974 
4. Kyrie Irving (Cle) 372,065 
5. Jimmy Butler (Chi) 263,914 
6. Derrick Rose (Chi) 240,092 
7. DeMar DeRozan (Tor) 97,093 
8. Louis Williams (Tor) 43,652 
9. Giannis Antetokounmpo (Mil) 31,700 
10. Bradley Beal (Was) 28,387

West

Frontcourt:

1. Anthony Davis (NO) 922,381 
2. Blake Griffin (LAC) 490,786 
3. Marc Gasol (Mem) 476,660 
4. Tim Duncan (SA) 374,814 
5. Kevin Durant (OKC) 330,297 
6. LaMarcus Aldridge (Por) 315,405 
7. Dwight Howard (Hou) 211,531 
8. DeMarcus Cousins (Sac) 209,742 
9. Dirk Nowitzki (Dal) 186,017 
10. Kawhi Leonard (SA) 115,194 
11. Rudy Gay (Sac) 97,856 
12. DeAndre Jordan (LAC) 75,777 
13. Tyson Chandler (Dal) 63,906 
14. Nick Young (LAL) 62,502 
15. Serge Ibaka (OKC) 60,842

Backcourt:

1. Stephen Curry (GS) 958,014 
2. Kobe Bryant (LAL) 862,568 
3. James Harden (Hou) 690,843 
4. Chris Paul (LAC) 401,945 
5. Damian Lillard (Por) 210,794 
6. Klay Thompson (GS) 170,827 
7. Rajon Rondo (Dal) 165,427 
8. Russell Westbrook (OKC) 159,264 
9. Jeremy Lin (LAL) 148,763 
10. Tony Parker (SA) 75,325 

Balloting closes on Jan. 19, and the starters will be announced on TNT three days later. The game will take place on Feb. 15 at Madison Square Garden.

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