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LeBron, Kobe lead All-NBA first team

LEBRON James was a unanimous selection to the All-NBA first team on Wednesday, after leading Cleveland to a team-best regular-season record and a pair of playoff sweeps of the Detroit Pistons and Atlanta Hawks.

The All-NBA second team consisted of New Orleans guard Chris Paul, Brandon Roy of the Portland Trail Blazers, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Paul Pierce of the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, who sustained a season-ending stress fracture in his left foot in Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers.

The third team has Denver's Chauncey Billups and San Antonio's Tony Parker at guard, Denver's Carmelo Anthony and the Lakers' Pau Gasol at forward, and Phoenix's Shaquille O'Neal at center.

James was put on the first team on every ballot of 122 sportswriters and broadcasters who regularly cover the league. Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant finished second in voting, making the first team on 119 ballots, while Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic, Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat and Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks rounded out the first team.

James, the league's MVP, was a first-team selection for the second straight season after finishing second in the NBA in scoring average at 28.4 points and ranking in the top 10 in steals and assists. He led the Cavaliers to a team-best 66-16 record, including a 39-2 mark at home, and the team's first top seed in the playoffs.

They've only been gaining momentum since then. The Cavaliers made it 8-for-8 in the playoffs on Monday, completing a second straight sweep with an 84-74 win over the Hawks. Along with their dominant sweep of Detroit, Cleveland has won an NBA-record eight consecutive playoff games by double figures.

The Cavaliers should be well-rested for the Eastern Conference finals against Boston or Orlando, a series the Celtics lead 3-2.

Howard had 17 rebounds but just 12 points while taking only 10 shots in the Magic's 92-88 loss on Tuesday, but he's the biggest reason Orlando is still alive.

After becoming only the fourth player to lead the league in rebounding and blocked shots since 1973-74, when the block became an official statistic, the 2.11-meter forward has averaged 20 points and leads all players with 16.1 rebounds in the postseason.

Bryant finished third in the league with 26.8 points.


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