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Duncan not gaining All-Star voters' notice

Duncan not gaining All-Star voters' notice If Tim Duncan's streak of consecutive All-Star Game starts is to continue, he is going to have to mount a come-from-behind surge in fan voting.

Chosen by the league's fans to start in every All-Star Game played since his second season - there was no game in 1999 - Duncan is fourth among Western Conference forwards in the first tabulation of votes released Thursday by the NBA.

The Spurs captain has 271,321 votes. He trails Denver's NBA scoring leader Carmelo Anthony (588,958 votes), Dallas' Dirk Nowitzki (366,300) and the Lakers' Pau Gasol (280,758).

Except for the lockout-shortened 1998-99 season, Duncan has been an All-Star in each of his first 12 seasons. In his rookie season he was added to the Western Conference lineup by the coaches after Utah's Karl Malone and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett were voted starters.

Duncan and Antonio McDyess were the only Spurs in the top 10 in voting at their positions. McDyess has 46,323 votes, seventh among Western Conference centers. Guard Manu Ginobili, with 75,392 votes, ranked 11th among guards, ahead of three-time All-Star Tony Parker, who wasn't listed among the leaders the NBA released.

Five Spurs were on the official All-Star ballot: Duncan, Ginobili, Parker, McDyess and Richard Jefferson.

Fast starter: Keith Bogans appreciated the passes he got from Parker in the first quarter of Wednesday's game against the Kings. Wide open behind the 3-point line when he received all three passes, he made all three shots.

"It's always good to knock down that first shot," said Bogans, who nailed a 3-pointer the first time he touched the ball, just 49 seconds into the game. "You feel like when you hit that first one you can get it going. That's what happened yesterday.

"(Tony) is a great point guard. He knows how to penetrate, draw and kick. I think that's what he started doing early yesterday. He found open guys, and we knocked the shots in."

That's deep: How deep is the Spurs' roster?

Five different players have been high scorer in each of the past five games. Only once before in Gregg Popovich's first 13 years on the Spurs bench had such a statistical anomaly occurred.

Richard Jefferson became the fifth different high scorer when he got 23 in Wednesday's victory over the Kings. He was preceded by Matt Bonner (28, at Utah), Tony Parker (27, vs. Denver), DeJuan Blair (18, vs. Boston) and Tim Duncan (22, vs. Philadelphia).

In 2006, Parker, Duncan, Beno Udrih, Ginobili and Brent Barry took turns leading the Spurs in a five-game stretch.

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Added: December 12, 2009


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