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Thursday, December 24, 2009
Dirk still on pace to be All-Star starter

By Tim MacMahon

If the All-Star voting stopped today, the hometown team would have a representative in the starting lineup.

Dirk Nowitzki ranks second among Western Conference forwards in the second returns of All-Star balloting. He has received 668,243 votes, which gives him a lead of over 100,000 over the Lakers' Pau Gasol.

Here are the starting lineups as of now:


F -- LeBron James, Cleveland
F -- Kevin Garnett, Boston
C -- Dwight Howard, Orlando
G -- Dwyane Wade, Miami
G -- Allen Iverson, Philadelphia


F -- Carmelo Anthony, Denver
F -- Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas
C -- Amar'e Stoudemire, Phoenix
G -- Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
G -- Steve Nash, Phoenix