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Dwight, L.A. lead All-Star balloting

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, gets a

Los Angeles Clippers' Blake Griffin, left, gets a rebound against Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (Jan. 14, 2012) Credit: AP

With 12 days until voting ends, the city of Los Angeles and Dwight Howard have a stronghold on NBA All-Star balloting.

Save an unforeseen surge in voting, the starting five for each conference has been determined. In the West, four players from Los Angeles teams project to be in the lineup: Blake Griffin and Chris Paul from the Clippers, and Kobe Bryant and Andrew Bynum from the Lakers. Kevin Durant rounds out the starting five.

Howard, meanwhile, leads the league in votes with 1,161,797. Joining him so far in the East's starting lineup is LeBron James and Dwyane Wade from the Heat, Derrick Rose from the Bulls and Carmelo Anthony from the Knicks.

Bryant (1,110,379 votes) and Rose (1,040,210) are the two other players to receive over one million votes so far. James, Wade and Durant have over 900,000 votes, Paul has over 800,000 votes, and Anthony, Bynum and Griffin have between 600,000 and 800,000 votes.

Dirk Nowitzki (354,434 votes) and Rajon Rondo (394,672) have received the most votes of reserves. Ricky Rubio (248,423) leads all rookies in votes.

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