In this Oct 2, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (left) dunks as Denver Nuggets forward Paul Millsap (center) and guard Monte Morris watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. (MARK J. TERRILL, FILE / AP PHOTO)
WASHINGTON - LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks continued to lead the West and East Conference in the second returns of NBA All-Star voting Thursday.
James leads all players with 2,779,812 votes while East Conference leader Antetokounmpo takes second place with 2,670,816.
In the Western Conference, James is followed by Dallas Mavericks' rookie Luka Doncic. Kevin Durant, who was originally in third place, has been displaced by Oklahoma City Thunder star Paul George, who earned 1,859,216 votes in the latest returns. Golden State Warriors' Stephen Curry and Minnesota Timberwolves' Derrick Rose retain their places as the top two guards in the west.
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, drives the ball between Sacramento Kings forward Marvin Bagley III, left, and guard Frank Mason III during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Los Angeles, Oct 4, 2018. (KELVIN KUO / AP)
In the Eastern Conference, Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard continues to trail Antetokounmpo in second place, followed by the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid. Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving leads the guards in East as Miami Heat's Dwyane Wade follows behind.
The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place on February 17 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Ten starters of the competition will be decided by the voting which concludes on January 21. Fan voting accounts for 50 percent of the vote, while all current NBA players and a media panel each make up 25 percent of the voting results.
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